Serious Truck Accident Near New Orleans Causes Chemical Spill

Posted on Mar 16 , 2012
Statistics taken from the National Traffic Safety Administration's website show that tens of thousands of people are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year, while many more are injured. Historically, a small percentage of these accidents involve 18-wheelers, but the consequences to drivers and passengers when involved in an accident with a semi-truck can be severe.A serious truck accident in East Baton Rouge County Louisiana highlights these dangers.A driver from Florida missed his exit and backed up on the freeway in order to take it. When he backed up, an 18-wheeler struck him from behind. The accident shut down a portion of the freeway for several hours. The driver of the big rig, the vehicle driver and his passenger were all injured and taken to an area hospital.The semi-truck was in route from an Exxon refinery with a trailer full of corrosive chemical waste when the crash occurred. The force of the impact caused the tractor-trailer to spill the contents onto the roadway. Although, the chemical did not pose an inhalation risk, clean-up crews wearing hazmat suits were required to remove the corrosive chemicals seeping from the truck.Risks of Commercial Vehicle AccidentsOn average, commercial trucks are involved in 2.4 deaths per one hundred million miles traveled. This accounts for more than 50 percent of all fatalities from motor vehicle collisions in the United States. 18-wheelers are heavier than passenger cars, and statistically the occupants of the smaller vehicle suffer serious injuries when involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer.However, that is not the only risk to those sharing the roads with semi-trucks. The cargo that these trucks carry can also be dangerous if involved in a trucking accident, and when the cargo is corrosive and toxic, area residents may be at risk of injury as well. Given these substantial risks, it is important for truck drivers and those sharing the roads with these big rigs to take care to ensure safety and avoid dangerous trucking accidents.Source: The Times-Picayune, "Car was backing up to missed I-10 exit when wreck with tanker occurred," Ramon Antonio Vargas, 02/22/12

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