Under Florida law, anyone who is found to be responsible for a trucking accident is liable for damages caused to the innocent party or to the family who has lost a loved one from the accident. When a trucking accident involves hazardous materials (referred to as HAZMAT), then victims incur more devastating consequences due to the sheer nature of the speed and weight of the truck. For anyone who has survived a Florida HAZMAT truck accident, it is vital to seek expert advice as to how to collect proper compensation for various losses that have occurred, or may develop over time as a result of the hazardous materials.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a brief explaining that at least 800,000 trucks transport hazardous materials every day. Furthermore, over 5,000 fatal truck accidents occur yearly, and 200 of those contain hazardous materials. While the number may appear smaller than expected at first, it’s crucial to acknowledge the ripple effect which occurs in HAZMAT truck accidents. Trucks which carry hazardous materials such as flammable gases, fuels, and radioactive content are essentially putting the public at risk when they refuse to adhere to safety regulations.
Highly strict regulations are set by the FMCSA which are intended to prevent the fatal consequences of a trucking accident which contains hazardous materials. Thorough investigation of these cases often reveals that trucking companies, freight managers and truck drivers regularly ignore these regulations in order to make deadlines and increased profit.
Victims of South Florida HAZMAT trucking accidents are entitled to compensation for various needs including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Frequently, Broward County trucking companies and drivers are in violation of federal and state regulations which govern safe transportation of hazardous materials. Sadly, the majority of injuries and fatalities could be prevented had proper precautions been observed by members belonging to the trucking industry.
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