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Charlottesville Hazmat Scare

July 11, 2014 in Articles, News, Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Reporting in May from the Charlottesville, Virginia area included an incident of a hazardous materials call, after travelers found white powder on the exterior of a vehicle during morning commuting hours around Monticello Avenue and Blenheim Avenue.

A cursory report showed that the Charlottesville Fire Department investigated the issue and determined the powder was not dangerous.

These kinds of emergency responses may seem insignificant or ordinary, but they are actually central to preserving public health and safety in a local area. Professionals of all kinds are called upon to utilize their skills and experience to make judgment calls in real-time situations, and to do their best to keep a local population safe.

From hazardous materials calls to 911 calls, from fires and earthquakes to criminal behavior and unsafe premises scenarios, local law enforcement and fire departments deal with a wide range of community issues. So do Charlottesville car accident lawyers or other legal teams called upon to be the voice for an injury victim in local courts. Those who work in these fields have a developed understanding of how a single public safety issue has a ‘domino effect’ in terms of emergency response, public danger and eventual containment.

Virginia injury lawyers who are representing clients in court look beyond the basic facts in an injury case to understand the full context of what happened on a particular day, in a particular place. These legal teams need to do detailed research to understand whether any kind of third-party negligence or lack of public safety contributed to an injury and accident. They need to have knowledge of not only the law, but the local realities in the Charlottesville/Albemarle community: what emergency response systems are in place? What safety precautions are proper for the community?

Something as trivial as white powder isn’t really trivial to someone who is trained to understand emergency response and public safety. Even hazardous materials calls that don’t result in actual threats can have their own secondary risks, including different kinds of chaos like secondary vehicle accidents and unpredictable activity by individuals who may be upset by possible hazmat threats.

This is just one kind of individual instance that shows how public officials, law enforcement departments and local Virginia injury lawyers keep an eye on what’s happening in the community to do their jobs well.

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