A truck purportedly leaking over 1,000 gallons of canola oil reportedly caused multiple accidents in Macon Tuesday morning, May 12, 2015.
According to The Macon Telegraph, the truck poured canola oil along its route from Raines Avenue, up Broadway and onto Eisenhower Parkway. From there, the truck apparently got onto I-75 southbound to Rocky Creek, and then turned around onto I-75 northbound, leaving slick and perilous roads in its wake.
At least three accidents appear to be related to the spill, including a four-vehicle crash on I-75 north, near the I-16 split, which left two people hospitalized.
Police finally stopped the truck near mile marker 193 in Monroe County, per media reports. The driver is allegedly facing charges for carrying an unsecured load.
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm is following the incident closely and questioning what factors may have contributed to the leak and subsequent accidents.
Was the leakage a result of a mechanical malfunction or a grave oversight? Was the truck inspected by the owner and operator prior to cargo transport? What safety guards are in place to protect against vehicle spills during transport?
As the details of this accident continue to emerge, any injured victims may seek to pursue a claim with the trucking company’s insurance carrier. Under such a claim, victims may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation for damages such as: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; disfigurement; and, emotional distress. If the facts of this matter warrant a such a claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victims, but would also serve as a critically-needed warning to all Georgia truck drivers to maintain vigilance while on roadways.
Based upon its prior experience in handling Georgia motor vehicle accident claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that, given the multiple vehicles involved, the victims should secure legal representation without delay. Insurance proceeds will most likely be limited, so it is imperative that the victims pursue a claim before any possible coverage is exhausted. Additionally, photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene and the vehicles will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the family before any evidence may be repaired, altered, damaged or destroyed. All evidence must be preserved to ensure that the family’s best interests are protected.
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