Sacramento Semi Truck Crash on Business 80
A Sacramento semi truck crash on January 15 left the vehicle partially hanging from an overpass on Business 80. The semi was carrying a load of liquid natural gas at the time, which began leaking. Because of the crash, traffic along Business 80 was backed up to the split with Interstate 80. Drivers were advised to find alternate routes while the spill was contained and the vehicle removed. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that one person was injured in the accident and transported to a hospital with injuries that were described as non-life threatening. It has not yet been reported why the incident occurred.
Hazardous Materials in a Sacramento Semi Truck Crash
Hazardous materials are divided into a number of categories by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Each category offers different risks if the vehicle transporting that material is involved in a collision. The categories include:
- Flammable and combustible liquids
- Solid flammables that may be dangerous if wet or can spontaneously combust
- Oxidizing agents and organic peroxides
- Radioactive materials
- Poisons that may cause an inhalation or contact hazard
- Corrosive materials
Help From an Experienced Injury Lawyer
When injured in an accident caused by a semi truck, a lawyer who is seasoned in handling these types of cases can help you get the compensation you deserve and need. Truck accidents are more complicated than other types of collisions and can include liability by the company that employs the driver. An injury lawyer is able to go over log books, maintenance records and other pertinent material to build a strong case for the recovery of medical costs, lost time from work and the pain and suffering caused by the collision.
Injuries in a Crash Involving Hazardous Materials
Being involved in a Sacramento semi truck crash often results in serious injuries because of the size and weight of the vehicle. However, when that semi truck is hauling hazardous material, the injuries can be amplified. Some of the additional risks that can be involved in a Sacramento semi truck crash involving hazardous materials include:
- Serious burns can occur. The type of injury such as a chemical burn depends on the hazardous material.
- Explosions can occur in some instances. While they may result in the death of an individual, others who survive may suffer burn injuries, hearing damage or amputation of a limb.
- Poisoning from inhalation, vapor or dust or by contact with the skin is possible with certain agents.
- An increased risk of cancer may arise in the future that is caused by contact with chemicals such as pesticides.
Sacramento Truck Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento truck accident lawyer. A Sacramento semi truck crash is a frightening experience that can cause severe injuries. If you or a loved one were injured by a truck driver, I would be pleased to offer you free and friendly advice. It is free to call and talk to me. I take cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you don’t need pay any fees upfront. I get paid at the completion of your case and only if there is a successful outcome. You can reach me at (916) 921-6400 in the Sacramento area or through my toll-free line at (800) 404-5400 if you are outside the local area. An online contact form is also available for your use at AutoAccident.com, the website I own and founded.
I am a Sacramento Personal Injury lawyer featured in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which was established to recognize trial attorneys who’ve won more than $1 million for a client. Another one that I am especially proud of is the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. This organization recognizes attorneys who are dedicated to upholding high standards in the legal profession.
During my 37-year career as a Sacramento personal injury lawyer, I’ve upheld the right to compensation of many Sacramento residents, as well as other Northern Californians, in areas such as all kinds of car accidents, wrongful deaths and brain injuries and other traumas.
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