In response to high gas prices and environmental concerns, many California businesses and public transportation agencies are converting – or already have converted – their fleet vehicles into compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. In fact, energy-conscious California is leading the nation in the use of CNG. CNG vehicles must pass the same federal safety tests as gasoline-powered vehicles. Still, over time, CNG tanks can become dangerous for a number of reasons, and if you are injured when a compressed natural gas tank explodes, the results can be catastrophic. If you sustain injuries in a CNG tank explosion in southern California, you’ll need to get legal help at once and contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.
In California, compressed natural gas is used extensively in city and county fleets, city buses, and school buses. There are nearly a hundred CNG fueling stations in southern California. Compressed natural gas is typically available at 30 to 60 percent less than the cost of gasoline. CNG tanks are typically fitted underneath the vehicles they power, so they’re almost impossible to inspect for defects, and they’re dangerous on vehicles that ride low to the ground and vehicles with worn shock absorbers. Every compressed natural gas tank has an expiration date that’s easy to overlook, especially when you manage a fleet of vehicles as part of a hectic business operation. Older CNG tanks on older vehicles can mean real danger.
Explosions can be sudden and devastating. Compressed natural gas tank explosions can cause serious and catastrophic injuries to drivers, passengers, bystanders, and anyone in the vicinity. If you or someone you love is injured in a compressed natural gas accident or explosion in Pasadena, the Los Angeles area, or anywhere in southern California, you have the legal right to be reimbursed for your medical treatment, lost income, and related expenses, but you’ll have to fight for your compensation, and an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney can help. If you’re injured in a CNG accident now or in the future, don’t wait to make the call.