Trucking Accidents Involving Hazardous Materials Particularly Complex
In a recent Mississippi trucking accident, a crash involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in D’Iberville, at least two people were killed. According to state highway patrol officials, both the truck driver and the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident died from their injuries.
While the details of the accident have not been released, its circumstances are complicated by the fact that the 18-wheeler was carrying a hazardous substance. Personal injury claims stemming from trucking accidents involving hazardous substances can be especially complex, as multiple parties may be liable. Trucks carrying hazardous materials are required to display signs warning other motorists and inspection agents about the contents, which may include explosives, flammable solids, flammable liquids, compressed gases, radioactive materials, corrosive liquids, oxidizers and poisons.
A driver, trucking company or parts manufacturer is found to be at fault in most truck accidents. When a hazardous substance is involved, however, the shipper of the goods and the truck driver may also be held liable if it can be established that the accident was the fault of the truck driver and that the other party sustained injuries resulting from the accident. In some states that follow comparative negligence guidelines, even a truck driver who did not cause an accident may be found liable if the operator was somehow “more at fault” than the other driver.
If you or someone you know has recently been injured in a trucking accident involving a hazardous substance, you may be able to seek damages from multiple parties. A skilled Biloxi, Mississippi truck accidents lawyer can help.