It’s easier to determine fault in trucking accidents when a driver commits an obvious traffic law violation. However, oil spills aren’t always obvious, and determining fault in accidents caused by such spills can be complicated. It can be helpful to learn why an oil spill is hazardous on the road and what you should do if you get in an accident as a result of an oil spill.
What Damages Result From Oil Spills & Trucking Accidents?
An oil spill can spread across a long stretch of road, making the surface of the road sleek. However, that’s not the only danger. Even a small spark can ignite the oil, causing fires and explosions. The oil that doesn’t catch fire can still pose a threat by spilling over the shoulder of the road and seeping into the ground.
When an oil spill happens on the road, your employer may be vulnerable to lawsuits for damages to the environment and local wildlife. However, as the driver, you should still consult a personal injury attorney to help you handle the claim. You’ll have to show that the oil spill caused the accident and that you have injuries and property damage as a result. Along with more typical injuries, exposure to the oil may cause infections or illness, so you will need compensation for any prolonged medical care.
What Should You Do After an Accident Caused by an Oil Spill?
You should react to trucking accidents in the same way that you would react to any other type of traffic accident. This starts with assessing the scene, so you can provide an accurate report to the 9-1-1 dispatcher.
While you’re waiting for help to arrive, take pictures of the damage and scene in general. Also, try to get pictures of the truck and any spilled oil on the road. The next step is to seek medical care for your injuries. Once you have started treatment, consult an accident attorney. Hire an attorney early in the process to ensure the best chance at a successful claim.
Balderrama Law Firm is experienced at handling trucking accidents in the Carlsbad, NM, area. If you have been in an accident and an oil spill might be to blame, they can help you build a stronger case. They’ll also help you negotiate the best possible settlement. To learn more about their personal injury expertise, visit their website. Alternatively, you can make an appointment for an initial consultation by calling (575) 234-1111.