Chemical burns could be a risk in semi-truck crashes

by | Oct 22, 2021 | truck accidents

Getting into a crash with a semi-truck is dangerous for many reasons, one of which is that the truck may have been carrying acids or other corrosive materials. In some cases, the truck might also have been carrying highly flammable or toxic chemicals that can cause burns if they touch human skin.

Unfortunately, if you are in a crash with a semi carrying these dangerous fluids or substances, you could be exposed to the risk of chemical burns. You’ll know there is a higher risk of these injuries if you see that the truck has dangerous goods signage on it.

Chemical burns in auto collisions

All kinds of chemicals may lead to chemical burns. Some of the most common substances that cause chemical burns include:

  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Hydroflouric acid
  • Lime
  • Lye
  • Silver nitrate
  • Gasoline

While some chemicals are less likely to cause burns upon minimal exposure, some of these can cause severe burns almost immediately. Even gasoline, which people come into contact with on most days, can cause full-thickness burns when it is absorbed into the skin.

After a crash, take steps to get support

After getting into a truck crash, you should take steps to seek out medical care. Immediately treating chemical burns can help minimize the risk of them worsening or causing complications. Some may require surgery or other interventions. 

After this, you can seek out compensation from the at-fault driver or others, like mechanics or their employers, who may be liable in your case. This will help you cover your financial losses and get the medical coverage that you need.