Glendale Cargo Spill Attorneys
A truck’s purpose is to transport goods from one part of the country to another. The cargo that a truck carries could be anything from food to furniture. Whatever the truck is carrying, however, the cargo must be properly secured. If anyone involved in the process of loading the truck is negligent, it could result in a cargo spill and injuries to potentially dozens of victims.
If you have been severely injured in a cargo spill accident, then you may have the ability to recover compensation from the responsible parties. However, getting that compensation is easier said than done. The claims process can be long and complicated, and the at-fault party is unlikely to just hand over a high settlement. That is why you need the help of a skilled attorney from Aghabegian & Associates, PC. Our team of Glendale cargo spill accident attorneys has over 40 years of combined experience working with truck accident victims. We can offer you the support you need -- call us at (818) 507-4311 for a free consultation.
Cargo spills can be far more dangerous than some people realize. Big rigs and tanker trucks carry a variety of cargo, from heavy furniture, to building materials, to dangerous chemicals. Depending on the kind of cargo that a truck is transporting, a spill could injure, or even kill, dozens of people. Some of the more dangerous materials include:
Cement: Wet cement, which is commonly transported in cement mixers, is heavy and thick. If it suddenly pours out onto the road, it can trap people and cars, leading to crush injuries. If a pedestrian is hit by enough of it, he or she could end up suffocating, unable to breathe through the sludge.
Logs: Logging is a booming industry, which supplies important building materials across the country, even in California. The logs these trucks carry must be properly secured and balanced; if they aren’t, then the logs could become dislodged, falling onto the road and nearby cars.
Hazardous chemicals: Trucks that carry chemicals are often referred to as “tankers,” and are among the most dangerous trucks on the road. Tankers often carry extremely hazardous chemicals, some that are explosive, some that are carcinogenic, some that can cause burns, and some that are poisonous. When these chemicals leak or spill, it can cause serious illness to anyone in the vicinity.
Gasoline and oil: Some tankers carry gasoline or oil. This liquid is used to fuel machines and cars and even heat buildings, so it is transported all around the country. The reason these chemicals make such good fuel is because they are highly flammable. In some circumstances, a hot enough day can be enough to cause them to ignite. So, when gasoline or oil spills out of a truck, a fire may break out, causing severe injuries and catastrophic property damage. This especially an issue in California, as a fire caused by a tanker spill could eventually lead to a wildfire that burns hundreds, or thousands of acres.
Some car collisions truly are accidents, perhaps caused by poor weather or icy roads. However, cargo spills are never accidental. When a truck is properly maintained, secured, and loaded, cargo should never leak, spill, or fall off. These kinds of devastating accidents only occur when at least one party is negligent. This negligence can take many different forms, including:
- Leaving the cargo unbalanced or unsecured
- Overloading the trailer
- Taking too-sharp turns
- Failing to maintain the vehicle or compartment
- Driving while fatigued, inebriated, or aggressively
Truck drivers, loading crews, mechanics, and trucking companies should all perform their jobs to make sure that the streets their trucks travel down remain safe. Sadly, corners are often cut in the name of profit, and so cargo spills are allowed to happen, despite being preventable. Even worse, the people who suffer the most are not the ones who caused the accident, but the victims who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The injuries that a cargo spill can cause will depend largely on the cargo. After all, there is a big difference between a tanker spilling oil and a logging truck dropping logs. However, any cargo spill, even off a trailer full of fruit, has the potential to lead to devastating injuries. We at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, have seen firsthand how these accidents can impact the lives of the victims. In our experience, some of the most common injuries are:
- Thermal and chemical burns
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Crush injuries
- Brain damage
- Internal bleeding
- Cancer development
- Lung damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
There are countless other ways for victims of cargo spills to be catastrophically injured. Whatever injury you may have suffered, you have a long and costly road to recovery in front of you. Sadly, if the trucking company had their way, they wouldn’t give you a cent. However, you are well within your rights to demand fair and proper compensation.
After suffering debilitating injuries, you have most likely been left with extensive medical debt. Having to take time to heal means that you can’t work, which also means that you are probably struggling to pay the bills. Being left in such an unstable financial situation is completely unfair, especially since the accident wasn’t your fault. Thankfully, there is a way to recover compensation. By filing a personal injury claim, you can be compensated for the damages you suffered, meaning you won’t be the one paying for the accident. A successful claim can provide you compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Lost job opportunities
- Therapy bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered quality of life
- Emotional trauma
Of course, you will only get compensation if your claim is successful. This can be difficult, especially if you are filing the claim against a trucking company. These companies care more about their bottom line than they do about helping their victims, which means they will pull every possible trick to get you to take as small a settlement as possible, or even deny your claim altogether. Going up against a large trucking company alone is intimidating. That is why you need the help of a skilled lawyer.
If you have been involved in a serious cargo spill accident, then you are in desperate need of help. The trucking company at fault for your injuries will likely fight you tooth and nail to make sure you get as little compensation as possible. These companies care about themselves first, and their victims second. With one of our dedicated, compassionated, and experienced Glendale truck accident lawyers by your side, however, you can rest assured knowing that your case is being properly represented. Call our firm, Aghabegian & Associates, PC, at (818) 507-4311 to set up your free consultation.
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