DALLAS, Texas. We think of asbestos as lining the walls of ancient buildings, not as something that might be lining the brakes and clutches of our cars. But, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, some vehicle brakes and clutches may contain asbestos. While newer cars have eliminated the use of asbestos, older cars and trucks may still contain the deadly material. This material can pose a serious human health hazard to anyone exposed to it—from families who live beside highways, to automobile repair workers, to truck drivers who may be attempting a “do it yourself” repair. It is important to be informed about asbestos risks.
According to the National Cancer Institute, asbestos was once widely used in industry due to its ability to resist heat and fire. It has been used to insulate buildings, fire proof structures, and has been used in brake pads and clutches in cars. Asbestos fibers can get trapped in the lungs, resulting in inflammation and scarring which can lead to the possible development of cancer or mesothelioma. The National Cancer Institute lists asbestos as a “known carcinogen.” While everyone gets exposed to asbestos in some form over the course of their lifetimes, it is important to note that extended and long-term exposure puts a person more at risk.
What does this mean when it comes to truck or car brakes? Families that live near roadways where cars are braking frequently may want to consult their local community’s resources to learn more about air quality in their neighborhoods. For instance, New York performed a study to examine exposure to contaminated air among toll booth workers and local communities near these plazas. Individuals exposed to car exhaust and other road exhaust particles were found to have decreased lung functioning.
The presence of asbestos in brake pads and clutches presents a real injury and illness risk to many people. Individuals who live near highways, near truck routes, and even truck drivers are at risk of exposure. Individuals who repair their own vehicles, such as truck owner-operators may also be unknowingly putting themselves at risk. Mechanics are trained under OSHA to prevent asbestos exposure. Do it yourselfers may not know about the risk.
Many more truck drivers are becoming owner-operators of their trucks. According to CDL Training, drivers should seriously consider the costs before taking the step to become an owner-operator. These costs can include do it yourself repairs and their risks.
Finally, if you feel that your exposure to asbestos due to living near truck routes, due to truck repairs, or due to other factors, may have resulted in your injury or illness, consider speaking to the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Gregg in Dallas, Texas.
Our firm handles a range of personal injury cases, including truck accidents. The truck industry makes billions, but it has a responsibility to consider the safety of the general public. If you have been hurt in a truck accident or believe you may have been exposed to hazardous chemicals due to truck traffic, visit our firm at www.gregginjury.com to learn more.