Santa Barbara Cargo Spill Truck Accident Attorneys
Cargo Spill Accidents
The purpose of large trucks such as cargo trucks is to transport goods from one place to another. Cargo trucks are bigger than every other vehicle on the road, making them extremely dangerous. The cargo they carry makes them even more dangerous. The cargo that a truck carries could be anything ranging from heavy equipment to furniture to food. It is important that whatever the truck is carrying, the load must be property secured.
If anyone involved in securing the goods in the cargo truck was negligent and improperly loaded or secured the load, it could result in a cargo spill and potentially injuries to several victims.
If you or someone you love has been severely injured in a cargo spill accident as a result of someone’s negligence, you should not be left to shoulder the burden of costs for your injuries and damages alone. You may be able to recover compensation; however, the process of getting compensation will likely be long and complicated. You will need the help of a skilled Santa Barbara truck accident attorney from NordstrandBlack PC.
Causes of Cargo Spills
Some car accidents are truly accidents, however, cargo spills are never accidental. If a cargo truck is properly maintained, loaded, and secured, the cargo should not leak, spill out, or fall off. If a cargo truck does spill or leak, then it means that someone was negligent during the loading process. Some common causes of cargo spills include:
- Overloaded cargo
- Improperly secured cargo
- Improperly balanced cargo
Associated factors may include driver negligence such as:
- Taking too-sharp turns
- Driving while fatigued or aggressively
Dangers Involved in Cargo Spills
All cargo spills are inherently dangerous, however, there are some material trucks such as concrete trucks, tanker trucks, and logging trucks that are more dangerous than others. Concrete trucks are one of the most top-heavy vehicles on the roads, and if not handled correctly, may fall over and spill concrete.
Tanker trucks carry gasoline and oil, which also present significant dangers to other vehicles and pedestrians.
Logging trucks transport wood all over the country, and the wood that these trucks carry needs to be properly balanced and chained. If balance is off, or logs are not chained down properly, then the logs could roll on the road and cause extensive damage.
The injuries that result from a cargo spill vary depending on the cargo. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Chemical burns
- Crush injuries
- Brain damage
- Nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
- Loss of limb
Liability and Compensation
A cargo spill can cause debilitating injuries and leave you with extensive injuries. Seeking treatment for both your mental and physical health will be expensive and medical bills can quickly pile up. This may be hard to pay especially if your injuries mean that you cannot work.
This is why seeking compensation from the liable parties is important. It will allow you to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. Compensation can be pursued with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to bring all evidence and witnesses to the table so that the trucking company has no choice but to pay you fair compensation.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Often trucking companies care more about their profits than the financial and emotional burden you have been left to bear on your own. It will likely be a tough fight to get the company to offer you fair compensation. That’s why it is important to have an experienced personal injury Santa Barbara attorney on your side.
Give NordstrandBlack PC a call today at (805) 962-2022.