There can be all kinds of debris from an accident—from headlights to bumpers. In serious accidents, there can also be remnants of an accident that are a bit more gruesome like blood or clothing. Because trucks haul a variety of products, they are especially prone to leaving debris behind after a truck accident in Florida.
So, who cleans up after a trucking accident? This information will be helpful to you if you have been involved in a trucking accident. Check out this site to learn more about truck accidents in Florida.
Calling in the Cleanup Crew
In regular car accidents, the tow truck driver will take care of any debris that has been left behind by the accident. The tow truck driver’s job is to clear the scene and make the area safe for other pedestrians and drivers. In some serious accidents, however, the city may call in a team of specialists to clear of the roadway.
If you are involved in a small accident that results in debris but no tow truck is called, then you may be responsible for cleaning up debris yourself. Talk to the officer that arrives on the scene to be sure you are completely fulfilling your obligations after the accident.
Clean Up After a Truck Accident in Florida
Trucking accidents can be very different. Although the drivers must still deal with debris from the vehicles (which the towing company will take care of in Florida), truck drivers must also address the possibility that they have lost their load or products on the road.
1. Hazardous Materials: In situations where the truck was carrying hazardous material, the Department of Transportation requires that a team of specially trained individuals to come clean up the spill. They have special equipment and processes that they use in that type of situation. The Department of Hazardous Chemicals or a similar team may help out as well.
You can read more about the requirements in those situations here.
2. Animals: When a truck hauls animals, then local law enforcement will often step in to help corral the loose animals after an accident. In some areas of the country, like Texas, this happens frequently enough that local law enforcement has a livestock team that they use in situations such as this.
Animals can be a serious hazard to other drivers, and animals are often hazardous to themselves as well (particularly because they are prone to running into traffic).
3. Regular Products: Officials will help clean up regular products, but the truck driver will also likely be expected to help as long as he or she is not injured. A team will likely be called to assist with cleanup to open roads back up as quickly as possible.
One interesting truck accident just happened in Miami in the beginning of January. Hundreds of shoes came crashing out of a truck when it overturned in Northwest Miami-Dade. Oddly, these shoes were not in boxes or in containers of any kind. Read more about that interesting story here.
4. Touchy Situations: In especially difficult situations, the city, county, or state may employ a private company to come out and help with cleanup. This allows police officers to get back to other more pressing situations while the company and, potentially, the truck driver, deal with any spills or other clean up.
Private companies are much more likely to help in accidents that have serious spills or serious injuries, or both. Often, the trucking company will have to pay for services related to cleaning up after a trucking accident.
Cleaning Up Your Injuries After a Truck Accident in Florida with a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
Not only do truck accidents involve cleaning up debris and various materials, they also can involve cleaning up after your injuries. Injuries involved in serious truck accidents can be substantial and even fatal.
If you are involved in an accident with a truck, more than the road may need to be cleaned up. You may also need to deal with lost time from work and serious injuries that will change your life forever.
Visit here to learn more about how a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer can help. We will discuss the particulars of your case and how we can help you “clean up” after your truck accident.