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Overturned Tanker Highlights Large Truck Dangers

| Mar 22, 2019 | Uncategorized |

An overturned tanker truck in Los Angeles County highlights some of the dangers that larger trucks can pose on the roadways. The recent crash in nearby Sherman Oaks closed down 405 Freeway for hours. The eighteen-wheeler was fully loaded with 9,400 gallons of liquid propane, a highly flammable liquid.

“Lucking enough, none of the liquid propane has exited the tanker at this time,” said a California Highway Patrol officer on the scene. Thankfully, the crash was cleared and nobody was hurt, but the situation could have been much different. At the Hayes Law Firm, we recognize that these trucks can cause major injuries, especially when a truck driver or company is negligent in their duties. If you need a Montebello truck accident attorney, call us today.

Severe Injuries

When fully loaded, large trucks can weight tens of thousands of pounds. When they get into an accident with a regular passenger vehicle, they can cause catastrophic injuries. Add in the extra danger of truck carrying hazardous materials, and crashes can become highly volatile mass-casualty incidents.

It is not uncommon to see the following injuries in the aftermath of large truck crashes:

  • Spinal cord injuries (possible paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or amputations
  • Crush injuries

All of these injuries require immediate and extensive medical care. Many victims will need long-term rehabilitation in order to make a full recovery. The cost of care can quickly rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses alone. This does not include hidden costs associated with crashes (home/vehicle accommodations, lost income and benefits, in-home care, etc.).

Will your insurance company take all of this into account?

How They Happen

Most large truck accidents happen due to vehicle failure or driver error.

Truck companies and owner-operators need to ensure they regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles in order to prevent vehicle failure. A problem with any of these systems can lead to major crashes:

  • Tires/wheels
  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Lighting
  • Powertrain

Proper preventative maintenance is a vital tool used to prevent major injuries.

All truck drivers should have their commercial driver’s license and be trained to operate each truck they are asked to drive. Under no circumstances should a driver operate while impaired by drugs or alcohol or while distracted by their phones or other devices.

How We Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a large truck, you may need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Hayes Law Firm, we understand that you are going through so much and that your focus needs to be on healing and being with your family. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work diligently on your behalf to secure the following:

  • Coverage for your medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost wages if you miss work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Possible punitive damages

When you need a Montebello truck accident attorney, you can reach out for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 323-477-1415.