As the price of natural gas has dropped in the last few years, compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles are becoming more common once again. This gas is stored at very high pressure and can be a useful fuel that takes the place of gas, diesel, or even propane. However, when something goes wrong, a CNG accident can cause serious injury and even death.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of this type of injury, keep reading to learn what to do. Remember you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation to learn more about your options.
The Pros and Cons of CNG
The fact of the matter is that there are many reasons CNG is used. It causes much less pollution than gasoline. It is also safer if there is a spill because natural gas can disperse into the air rather than polluting the groundwater as oil and gas can do. That said, CNG accidents are often fatal accidents – when something goes wrong, it tends to go very wrong.
What to Do If You Are the Victim of a Compressed Natural Gas Accident
In California, many companies and public transportation agencies have started using CNG. In fact, we lead the nation in these vehicles. The yare required to meet the same safety levels as vehicles powered in other ways, but the truth is that CNG canisters and tanks can become very hazardous. There are about 150,000 vehicles throughout the country powered by CNG and more than 15 million throughout the world.
Though a CNG accident can happen in a number of ways, it can be as simple as an aging tank scarping the pavement. If it does that at high speed, then an explosion can occur. For example, 2015 a bus explosion in Pakistan resulted in the deaths of 62 people.
The first step if you have suffered in this type of accident, or have lost a loved one who has, is to talk to an attorney experienced with this specific type of law. We must first determine who was at fault for the accident. Was it the company that sold the CNG tank? The manufacturer of the vehicle? The driver of the vehicle? A mechanic that provided maintenance on the vehicle?
Once we have determined fault we will gather as much evidence as possible to prove it. We can then negotiate with the at-fault party to get you a fair settlement. If they refuse to entertain reasonable offers, we will take your case to court. Get started today by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.