Los Angeles, California Hazardous Materials Transport Attorneys
Hazardous Materials Transport - A Severe Liability - A Necessity for Our Modern Life
We don't usually think about it, but our roads, railways, and ports will frequently become packed with big-rig trucks, other vehicles, and vessels bringing dangerous materials here and there. We saw a small portion of this earlier this year with the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Dockworkers stored fireworks and ammonium nitrate in the same facility at the city's port. One mistake and a massive blast leveled much of the city, killing more than 100.
Many of the facilities in the Western world are much safer, of course. However, many of the same materials are shipped all over-- all the time. That is why there is so much focus on materials safety. The 50 states and the federal government have various training and regulations to prevent something like what happened in Beirut.
While an explosion of that size may be rare here, other risks revolve around the transport and storage of dangerous chemicals and supplies. And by the time that there is an error resulting in injury, or even death-- it's too late.
That is why we are writing this column to inform the public and hopefully prevent a future accident. But the chances are that you are reading this article because of particular concern. Perhaps you or a loved one was injured in a hazardous materials accident caused by a containment breach of chemicals transported on the back of a truck or a similar, unexpected accident. No matter the cause, we want to use our decades of experience fighting for transport and consumer safety to help you and your loved ones. Continue reading more for more info about how we can do this together.
Hazmat law is a fascinating topic for me, and like many of you, I saw the images and videos coming out of Beirut in horror. And I couldn't stop asking myself whether a similar accident or incident could happen here. I knew that there was too much at stake to keep quiet about it. My name is Michael Ehline. I run California's Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys APLC based out of Los Angeles.
And I recognize the sheer volume of road, rail, and shipping traffic coming in and out of the city. And the risk of a severe hazardous materials incident. For these reasons and more, our team specialized in a variety of hazardous materials legal matters. We studied recent case studies about big and small happenings in which resulted in severe injury and death. Our team also studied the causes of these incidents and whether corporations or government agencies did all they could to avoid them. I
n addition, we examined the aftermath and the actions of the key players to make things right. I also have a lot of personal experience handling cases like this. Some of you know that I was a lobbyist in DC about ten years ago. I fought for the passage of new cruise ship safety regulations to protect passengers, teaching me volumes about transport issues, including hazmat transport regulations. Many moving parts will exist, skipping the average person's vision, typically requiring legal expert help during your time of need-- Ehline Law exists for you. In case you or your beloved family member needs help, including legal advice, our team does everything better. You can contact us below to speak with a Los Angeles personal injury law expert.
The Many Types of Hazardous Materials.
Not every hazardous material is the same. The regulations and shipping revolving around each one are different, depending on the circumstances. However, in many cases, the risk is the same. Below, our Los Angeles auto accident lawyer ran down some critical hazardous material types.
DOT Hazard Class 1: Explosives. Division 1.1: Explosives with a mass explosion hazard Division 1.2: Explosives with a projection hazard Division 1.3: Explosives with predominantly a fire hazard Division 1.4: Explosives with no significant blast hazard Division 1.5: Very insensitive explosives Division 1.6: Extremely insensitive explosive articles DOT Hazard Class 2: Gases. Division 2.1: Flammable gases Division 2.2: Non-flammable gases Division 2.3: Poison gases Division 2.4: Corrosive gases DOT Hazard Class 3: Flammable liquids. Division 3.1: Flashpoint below -18°C(0°F) Division 3.2: Flashpoint below -18°C and above, but less than 23°C(73°F) Division 3.3: Flashpoint 23°C and up to 61°C(141°F) DOT Hazard Class 4: Flammable solids, spontaneously combustible materials, and materials that are dangerous when wet. Division 4.1: Flammable solids Division 4.2: Spontaneously combustible materials Division 4.3: Materials that are dangerous when wet DOT Hazard Class 5: Oxidizers and organic peroxides. Division 5.1: Oxidizers Division 5.2: Organic peroxides DOT Hazard Class 6: Poisons and etiologic materials. Division 6.1: Poisonous materials Division 6.2: Etiologic(infectious) materials DOT Hazard Class 7: Radioactive material. Any material, or combination of materials, that spontaneously gives off ionizing radiation. It has a specific activity greater than 0.002 microcuries per gram. DOT Hazard Class 8: Corrosives. A material, liquid or solid, that causes visible destruction or irreversible alteration to human skin or a liquid that has a severe corrosion rate on steel or aluminum DOT Hazard Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles. A material that presents a hazard during transport, but which is not included in another hazardous freight classification.
What Are My Legal Options In A Chemical Exposure Case Like This?
Various reasons may exist if you or a loved one received severe injuries caused by errors shipping hazardous material.
These may include:
- Instability of the material itself: Often meaning material wasn't ranked or adequately classified for the type of transport involved.
- Improper fastening: May be caused by material shifting/moving off the platform, sometimes spilling onto another surface, mixing with another material.
- Insufficient training: Remains more common than you would typically think, occurring when companies fail to abide by the state or federal hazardous transport regulations.
For more info, contact our team of experts at the Ehline Law Firm today here. Call us at the number below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or set up a free, no-pressure consultation.