Hazardous waste is incredibly dangerous to the environment and to public health. Unfortunately, hazardous waste is a part of the everyday world because it is a byproduct of many important businesses, including hospitals, automobile repair shops, and oil refineries. In order to keep people and the environment safe, the industries that generate hazardous waste are required to follow strict regulations while handling and disposing of waste.
When hazardous waste is released into the environment, it can have a devastating effect on the local community. Here are some statistics related to hazardous waste accidents in the United States and their effects:
- In 2012, hazardous waste accidents caused nearly $16 million in property damage alone and forced 22,757 people to evacuate.
- Only 6% of all hazardous waste accidents were the result of natural causes in 2012, which means someone was legally liable for 94% of hazardous waste accidents in 2012.
- There were 28,591 hazardous waste accidents in 2012.
- 1,133 people died in 2012 as a result of hazardous waste accidents.
- In 2012, 41% of hazardous waste accidents occurred from a mobile vehicle, while 31% of accidents happened at a fixed site.
- Over 34.5 trillion tons of hazardous waste was generated in 2011.
- Hazardous waste spills from accidents on highways and railroads in 2012 cause more that $73 million in damages.
- Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio ate the states that generate the most hazardous waste.
- Florida is the location of the highest number of hazardous waste violations since 2000.
- 1,360 people were hospitalized and 1,899 people were injured in 2012 as a result of hazardous waste accidents.
Contacting a Lawyer for a Hazardous Waste Accident
Hazardous waste accidents can be fatal, lead to life-long illnesses, and cause extensive damage to property. If you have been physically hurt or have been otherwise harmed by a hazardous accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
A lawyer can assist you in assembling your case against the parties who caused the hazardous waste accident and help you assert your right to compensation for the harm that the accident caused you.