Accidents from Hazardous Material Transportation

Hazardous material is transported throughout the United States each and every day. Commercial trucks are amongst the most common form of transportation for any type of hazmat, another term for hazardous materials. Due to the massive risks involved in this transportation, hazmat shipment is one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States. Government agencies have established a vast number of strict rules and regulations to maintain the safe transport of even the most hazardous materials available today.

The Arizona Department of Transportation maintains a number of specific regulations for hazardous material transportation in Arizona. For public health and safety purposes, any shipment of hazmat has limitations in terms of specific routes that these vehicles are able to travel along. In addition, the Department outlines specific vehicles that are legally used as modes of transportation.

Commercial truck travel is the highest concern for the Arizona Department of Transportation because these vehicles are able to travel on remotely any road and are in close proximity to thousands of other vehicles and Arizona residents. Therefore, hazmat transportation accidents are amongst the governments greatest concerns.

Phillips Law Group has spent years studying the ins and outs of truck accident laws in the state of Arizona. When hazmat transportation accidents occur, it is essential to hire a professional legal team who has experience in truck collision claims. As these cases tend to be far more complex than a typical car accident, hiring a trustworthy, knowledgeable legal team is imperative. If you or a loved one has been involved in a hazmat transportation accident, Phillips Law Group is here to help.

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Hazmat Transportation Accidents

Hazmat transportation accidents occur far more often than many Arizona motorists would believe. Due to the immense danger associated with these motor vehicle collisions, the government of the United States has outlined specific rules and regulations regarding these types of vehicles. Those operating a vehicle with hazardous material on board must be extremely cautious when making any type of movement on the roads and highways of Arizona. The following are considered to be hazmat:

  • Solids

  • Gases

  • Explosive materials

  • Flammable liquids

  • Combustible liquids

  • Any other material that may pose a threat in transport

Those who choose to work for hazmat transportation companies must obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL) to be able to legally drive in the United States. In doing so, these truckers are put through a number of different training and testing phases in order to ensure that they are aware of the rules and regulations of hazmat transportation. The three major components of hazmat transport include the carrier, the shipper, and the driver.

These three components all play an important role in transportation and the safety of others. First, the shipments must be carefully labeled, marked, and packaged prior to leaving the shipping location. The carrier is then to take the hazmat shipment to the appropriate destination. The carrier is responsible for refusing shipments that are not properly packaged, marked, and labeled, all while ensuring that regulations are met.

Finally, the driver must present a placard on his/her commercial vehicle if applicable to adhere to the hazardous material regulations outlined by the government agencies. The shipper, carrier, and driver all maintain a responsibility to refuse unsafe shipments. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a truck, Phillips Law Group is here for you.

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Dangers of Hazmat Transport

One of the most dangerous portions of the hazmat transportation process is the loading and unloading of materials. Therefore, it is up to the truckers to exercise extreme caution and due diligence during each phase of shipment. The shippers, carriers, and drivers must all play a role in reducing the potential risks that exist in hazmat transportation accidents. The following are the most significant dangers of hazmat transport:

  • Flammable gas

  • Flammable liquids

  • Flammable solids

  • Explosives

  • Oxidizers

  • Corrosives

  • Radioactive

  • Spontaneously combustible

  • Poison

Each of the above items requires specific shipment procedures in terms of loading, unloading, and carrying. Trucking companies are held responsible for properly handling these materials to reduce the occurrence of collisions while maintaining a high level of safety. If you or a loved one has been injured during a truck crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

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Phillips Law Group has decades of combined legal experienced all throughout the state of Arizona. Our skilled legal team has dedicated their lives to protecting the rights of all Arizona motorists. We take this responsibility seriously and believe that those who behave carelessly on the roadways must pay for their negligent actions.

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