11Alive reports on a collision between a tractor-trailer transporting hazardous materials and a passenger vehicle. The accident resulted in a toxic spill and caused injuries to both motorists involved.
According to authorities, the tractor-trailer crashed into the passenger vehicle, but neither motorist should have been on the road at the time. The driver of the passenger vehicle was allegedly driving with a suspended license, and the trucker was violating D.O.T. restrictions by carrying hazardous materials.
The trucker was transporting a chemical called benzoyl chloride, which does not cause life-threatening complications when inhaled but has a powerful odor similar to nail polish remover. OSHA classifies benzoyl chloride as a corrosive and toxic substance that can cause injuries, burns, and even death if it comes in contact with the skin or eyes or if someone ingests it.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue sent responders to the scene to clean up the spill. Lanes were closed in both directions for about six hours. Responders transported the passenger vehicle driver and the trucker to Grady Health for treatment.
The trucker received a citation for violating D.O.T. restrictions. Police cited the motorist with stopping improperly in a roadway, driving with a suspended license, and changing lanes improperly.
If you or someone you love was injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer, you may have grounds for a claim. Attorney Robert Finnell of The Finnell Firm can evaluate your situation and provide comprehensive legal guidance.
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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim If I Was Driving on a Suspended License?
If you sustained injuries in a collision that was not your fault but you were driving with a suspended license at the time of the accident, you still have a right to pursue compensation. Ultimately, your lack of a valid license does not cancel out the other driver's liability; however, the insurance company may be less open to negotiating for a fair settlement in such a scenario, and recovering damages will be more challenging than if you had a valid license at the time of the collision.
Can I Recover Compensation If I Was Partially Liable for the Collision?
Yes, but the amount of compensation that you recover may be reduced by your percentage of fault, pursuant to Georgia's modified comparative fault laws. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 in damages but the court finds that you were 25 percent at-fault for the collision, you would only receive $75,000.
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