Trucks are tasked with carrying all kinds of cargo. These range from industrial
chemicals to frozen foods. During a
truck accident, a potentially dangerous outcome involves the cargo spilling out of the
truck and onto the road and the surrounding area. The truck's cargo
could introduce another source of harm to the accident, beyond the immediate
impact of the collision.
Sometimes the danger comes from the fact that materials might be highly
flammable, corrosive, radioactive or otherwise toxic to human health.
Fires, explosions, or exposure to these materials can create or worsen
medical problems experienced by anyone involved in the accident and also
of people in communities adjacent to the accident site. Sometimes, the
full extent of the danger isn't immediately known. For example, in
a recent truck accident on Montana Highway 200, an industrial soap-making
material spilled into a river; according to
local news reports, it's still not clear what the effect will be not only on the wildlife
but on people who use the river for recreational purposes.
The truck's cargo doesn't even have to be hazardous in and of itself
to be a danger on the road. For example, if the truck is carrying timber
or various storage containers that break loose and roll out onto the road,
this cargo might cause further damage and additional collisions. Spilled
cargo also makes it more difficult for first responders to reach people
who have been injured during the crash.
How your attorney can help
If you've been involved in a truck accident, one way an attorney can
help you is to carefully examine what happened and determine whether any
of it was a result of negligence. When it comes to the truck's cargo,
your attorney can look into whether the cargo was secured improperly,
whether the containers were low-quality, and if there were any defects
with the truck itself that made it more likely to break open and release
These kinds of questions need to be addressed, in addition to other issues
such as which driver was at fault. If you've experienced a truck accident,
don't hesitate to
contact us. Our Billings accident lawyers can help you handle insurance company difficulties
and seek compensation from any parties responsible for the damages sustained
during the crash.