Over 2.2 million miles of underground pipes transport our nation’s oil and gas from production fields, on to refineries, and then on to our factories, businesses, and homes. This underground network was designed as a safe and efficient way to transport these materials. However, when a pipe is damaged, no matter how big or small, devastating explosions can occur.
Pipeline Leaks and Accidents
Pipeline leaks are often caused by the negligent acts of another person or party. Damage to pipelines can be caused by:
- Excavation. People who begin digging projects without first contacting their local utility company risk damaging or puncturing pipes.
- Fires or explosions. Nearby accidents can damage pipelines and cause explosions.
- Vehicle collisions. A vehicle may strike an above-ground pipe or meter.
- Corrosion. Weaknesses in the pipe, often caused by excavation damage, can result in corrosion and cause leaks over time.
Leaks in pipelines can cause oil or gas to collect in enclosed spaces. If the oil or gas comes in contact with a heat source, a spark, or an open flame, an explosion can occur, causing devastating injuries, property damage, and in serious cases, loss of life.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of an explosion, you may have been forced to cope with pain, suffering, long-term disability, and extensive property damage. If another person or party is at fault for your injuries, you may be able to pursue financial compensation to deal with your losses. To learn more, contact the Iowa explosion injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.