The Dangers to Passenger Cars From Tractor Trailers

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Watch out! Any accident on the road can be a severe one. Ones that involve the large vehicles discussed here can become deadly quickly. With thousands of semis traveling across California daily, accidents are inevitable. Often, truck drivers are well trained but demanded upon.

They get asked to make impossible deadlines, often while tired. And sometimes that leads to severe accidents. But there are other cases where the truck mechanics do a bad job. Also, sometimes the trucks are not well maintained or manufactured. In other words, trucks can be a catastrophic accident waiting to happen.

What are the Immediate Effects of a Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident with a Smaller Car?

Regardless of the type of accident the tractor-trailer has caused, there are many immediate effects. Severe injury or death is a likely result for anyone unfortunate enough to be in a struck car. Victims often suffer permanent injuries, including paralysis, brain damage, and amputations. The death of a loved one could cause severe stress for family members that shatters a lifestyle.

It’s important to remember that you are not alone. When facing the aftermath of such a horrible accident, there are many factors to consider. These include actions taken by the other driver and the truck company in keeping the roadways safe. Similarly, did the state or local agency not correctly maintain the roads or streets, allowing for such an accident to occur in the first place.

Do 18 Wheelers Take Longer to Stop?

Yes, they take longer to stop than passenger cars. Eighteen wheeler accidents also include factors not typically seen in smaller vehicle accidents. For example, this consists of the freighted material, much longer stopping distance, and sheer weight and size of the vehicle and trailer. But all of these factors can make a scary combination.

  • Why Is It So Important to Have the Help of a Lawyer for a Tractor Trailer Crash?

When faced with the medical or funeral expenses after such an accident, it is vital to have a specially trained attorney could assist in rebuilding your life. The medical bills and the need for treatment may grow. And the insurance companies may try to get out of paying for your needs. But you might need to negotiate with worker’s comp or get onto disability.

You may need to recover back pay, and a means to sustain your family. You may have gruesome scarring that makes it difficult to travel outside and the effects of long-term pain. The attorneys can solve any of these and more at Ehline Law.

They’ll travel anywhere in Southern California, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And they do so to take care of accident victims. In addition, they will make sure that clients can land on their feet. So call one of our expert lawyers today. After that, get more information or to sit down for a free consultation.

What are The Many Dangers of Diesel Exhaust Fumes?

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Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed diesel engine fumes are hazardous to humans and can cause cancer. Millions of people get affected worldwide by the grim health risks from breathing diesel gas fumes.

People being concerned about their health are justified. Ehline Law Firm has represented victims with serious health problems resulting from diesel exhaust emissions. Big rigs and buses are a prime culprit. (learn more.)

Diesel Gas Fuel Exhaust Health Exposure Symptoms

The American Lung Association of California (ALAC) has been aware of the hazards associated with diesel fuel fumes and the numerous symptoms and health concerns from exposure. The WHO has defined the suspected dangers that were a long-time concern. In any event, diesel gas fumes are incredibly toxic. And these can be responsible for lung cancer.

People concerned with the effects of exposure to this toxic substance and the symptoms they should watch for info. And they can find information on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) website. Additional info in concurrence is on the ALCAC site. Last, these two organizations agree that exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can have health effects right away.

People With Allergies are Worsened After Diesel Fume Exposure.

The diesel exhaust fumes can result in irritation to the eyes, throat, nose, and lungs; it can also be responsible for causing coughing, lightheadedness, headaches, and nausea. Studies with human participants showed the particles in the diesel exhaust hurt people with allergies more. Because of diesel exposure, they now have a higher vulnerability to pollen, dust or other items they were allergic too.

The research showed that exposure to diesel exhaust results in inflammation to the lungs that can intensify chronic respiratory symptoms and worsen or increase asthma attacks.

Diesel Exhaust Exposure Symptoms.

The types of symptoms from the exposure to toxic diesel fumes can be different from one person to another. When you or a family member has become exposed to this toxic substance, any health issues should not go un-noted. And consulting us to discuss the particulars of the health problem could be essential.

  • The individuals that are generally the most affected by diesel gas fumes include truck drivers.

But those also affected are:

  • Mechanics
  • Construction workers
  • Equipment operators
  • Military personnel
  • Boat pilots
  • Railroad workers
  • Firemen
  • Homeowners living near freeways regularly become inhalation victims.

But the health effects are not limited to just individuals in these categories. Places of employment and other factors can raise the risk of diesel exhaust fume exposure for any person.

The most susceptible individuals to the health effects of this toxic fume exposure are:

  • Elderly
  • Children

Dr. Christopher Portier of WHO and Chairman of the IARC Working Group in a press release stated, scientific evidence was compelling. It went on to conclude the Working Group agreed that the exhaust from diesel engines results in causing lung cancer in human beings. Dr. Portier said in his statement that the impact on health from the diesel particulates exposure is extreme. So he thinks there should be a worldwide effort to reduce the exposure to this mixture of chemicals.

At the end of the day, diesel fumes can cause a wide range of health issues. And if the exposure was negligent, victims can sue. But only a well-trained lawyer can win a case like this. To learn more, contact Ehline Law Firm.

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