A truck accident in Atlanta, Georgia left Interstate 85/75 at the 10th Street exit closed in both directions as crews came out to clean up the hazardous materials the truck was carrying. Chemicals spilled all over the road after the accident, though the material does not pose a life-threatening risk to people in the area. The truck was carrying benzoyl chloride, and the scene apparently smelled like nail polish remover.
It does not appear that anyone was injured in the accident. Both the truck driver and the driver of another vehicle that was hit by the truck were cited by police for infractions. The truck driver was driving “inside the perimeter,” which is forbidden; and the driver of the other vehicle was cited for improper stopping, improper lane change and driving with a suspended license.
Even though both parties are at fault in this crash, the important detail here is the cargo of the truck. Cargo plays a huge role in many truck accidents across Georgia and the entire country. A truck’s cargo can be so heavy that it causes the vehicle to become unstable, directly contributing to a crash. A truck’s cargo can spill, like in this story, causing a crash itself.
There are a lot of factors that go into a truck accident. Given the wide variety of details that can be involved in any such accident, it is imperative that the victims of a truck accident consult with an attorney to have their case evaluated.
Source: 11alive.com, “Truck responsible for toxic spill was not supposed to be in the perimeter,” Christopher Buchanan, Tiffany McCall, Catherine Park and Kristin Reed, April 17, 2017