Grand Junction Cargo Spill Accident Attorneys
Commercial trucking is a fundamental part of how our country operates. The cargo semi-trucks carry, which can range from groceries to gasoline to office supplies, is what allows us to eat and furnish our homes. However, that does not mean this mode of transportation comes without consequences. Cargo spills are unfortunately common and can be absolutely devastating for those unlucky enough to be victimized by them.
If you have been severely injured by a cargo spill, then you may have more options than you realize. You didn’t cause the truck to spill its cargo – that was someone else’s negligence. You are within your rights to demand compensation, but doing so successfully will require the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Thankfully, some of the best attorneys in Colorado are at Peters & Nolan, LLC. To set up your free consultation, call us at (970) 243-4357 today.
A key part of any truck is its trailer. The trailer may take different shapes depending on the cargo, such as a tanker for liquids and gases, or a large cage for logs. Whatever shape the trailer takes, it must be loaded properly and securely. If it is not, or the driver acts negligently, then a spill could occur. Perhaps the most devastating thing about cargo spills is the fact that they are almost always preventable. When they do happen, there is a very high chance that they were caused by an act of negligence. Some common causes of cargo spills include:
- Unbalanced cargo
- Taking turns too quickly
- Unsecured cargo
- Overloaded trailer
- Collision with other vehicles
- Driver fatigue, intoxication, or inattention
Sadly, the person who gets hurt is rarely the one responsible for the actual spill itself; rather, it is almost always innocent bystanders who did nothing wrong except be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Depending on the cargo, the victims involved could be facing life-threatening injuries.
Trucks carry all different kinds of cargo. Some are not as dangerous as others when spilled. For example, if a truck is transporting fruit to the local grocery store, while a spill would be chaotic, the cargo itself would not be the primary danger. However, there are some trucks that carry incredibly dangerous cargo that could cause catastrophic injuries. Some examples of dangerous cargo include logs, concrete, gasoline, oil, and hazardous chemicals. When this kind of cargo is spilled, it can result in devastating injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Chemical and thermal burns
- Crush injuries
- Deep lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Cancer development
All of these injuries could leave someone unable to work, perform their normal hobbies, or live independently. However, cargo spills are responsible for countless deaths every year. If you have lost a family member to a cargo spill accident, then you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. However, whether you are filing a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim, you will need to be able to identify the liable party.
All truck accidents are chaotic. Trucks are massive, and can collide with multiple cars at once. However, cargo spills can be even worse. On top of multiple cars and a truck, you may also have objects flying toward you. This chaos can make it hard to immediately determine just who caused the accident to begin with. However, knowing who is liable is an incredibly important part to the claims process. In our experience, cargo-spill-related crashes are caused by:
The trucker: More often than not, the trucker is the one responsible for the cargo spill. This could be because he caused the truck to roll over by taking a turn too quickly, or neglected to make sure that the cargo was properly secured before getting on the road. Whatever the reason, if the driver is to blame, then you have a right to demand compensation.
The loading team: Most trucking companies will employ a team that is responsible for loading trucks up before sending them out on the road. These teams have to balance the load, which limits the chances of a rollover, as well as make sure all cargo is properly tied down. If they fail in this responsibility, then a cargo spill is very likely, and the loading team would be considered liable.
The company: Drivers and loading teams don’t operate on their own. They are usually controlled by a large company that sets standards and policies the employees are expected to follow. If these standards put speed and profits over safety, then a truck accident is inevitable. In such a case, the company itself could be held responsible for your injuries.
Whoever is responsible for your accident, you have a right to demand proper compensation for your damages. Recovering from a cargo spill isn’t easy. Thankfully, there are plenty of things that you can recover compensation for, ensuring that you can get back on your feet after such a devastating accident.
An accident as chaotic as a truck cargo spill is going to leave behind a wake of destruction. If you’re the victim of a trucking accident, then you’re probably contending with the cost of serious injuries, as well as lost wages from your time away from work. However, you should keep in mind that there are ways to recover your financial losses. When you file a claim against the party at fault for your accident, you are able to demand compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of employment or job opportunities
- Lowered quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment
However, when it comes to truck accident claims, you have a long road ahead of you. Trucking companies do not part with their money easily and will fight you every step of the way to deny your right to compensation. That is why you need to work with an attorney who will have your back and fight for your rights.
Going up against a trucking company isn’t easy, and the prospect may frighten you. These companies can be incredibly intimating, and they will do everything in their power to scare you out of filing a claim. However, a skilled lawyer can put them in their place and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. To speak with a top Colorado truck accident attorney, call our firm, Peters & Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-4357. We are happy to offer a free consultation so you can learn your legal options at no cost to yourself.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.