The roads of Massachusetts are filled on a daily basis, some to capacity. That can make for some hazardous conditions for individuals as they head to work, school or play. One of the most significant hazards any of us face is a run-in with a big rig. When a tractor-trailer truck accident occurs, the likelihood of serious injury or death is magnified in a major way.

Those who wind up on the painful, receiving end of such an accident may not have their rights and options foremost in their heads in the wake of a truck collision. But it can be truly beneficial to get the education that might be needed earlier, rather than later, through consultation with someone with the proper legal experience.

Not all truck accidents end up causing immediate harm, however. Sometimes there can be unexpected problems that crop up in the days after a crash. The troubles might not show up for weeks or months, but they are no less real.

This comes to mind in the wake of a truck accident this past week in the area of Westford. Authorities say they responded to a tractor-trailer incident at about 5:45 a.m. Friday. The details of the incident aren’t all available at the time this post is being written. What is known is that the wreck resulted in two lanes of Interstate 495 having to be closed for nearly two hours.

Also, officials note that hazardous material crews were called in to handle a spill of diesel fuel from the truck. According to reports, that spill didn’t start getting addressed until about 30 minutes after the accident was first reported. It’s not clear how much fuel escaped or whether any of the fuel posed a threat to nearby homes or water runoff systems.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of this accident. That’s not usually the case. And when a truck accident does occur, victims deserve to know they have options for seeking compensation for health damage, emotional distress and financial loss that might occur.

Source: Westford Patch, “Truck Accident Closes Two Lanes of 495 North Near Exit 32,” Andrew Sylvia, Aug. 24, 2012