Eagle Ford Shale Fracking Truck Accidents
Over 250 oil rigs operate on the Eagle Ford Shale (aka Eagle Ford Formation), a rock formation under most of south Texas that is rich in minerals and fossil fuels. Covering more than 30 counties throughout south Texas, this 400-mile-long region produces large amounts of oil and gas. The large volume of drilling operations on the shale makes it one of the most active drilling sites in the United States. As the push to keep drilling oil and natural gas domestically increases, so do truck accidents on highways and roadways around these drilling sites.
Fracking Trucks: Beware of the Big Rig Convoy
The influx of 18 wheelers and big rigs is a huge cause for concern because of the escalating number of big rig accidents from the industrial vehicle density in the south Texas Valley. If you’ve been injured in an accident with an industrial oil & gas 18 wheeler truck in south Texas, you need the help of an experienced legal team. Simmons & Fletcher’s 18 wheeler accident attorneys have represented clients just like you across south Texas. With over 40 years of experience fighting for victims of fracking accidents, our injury attorneys know how to fight big oil & gas corporations and get the settlement you deserve in court. Call (713) 932-0777 to schedule a free & confidential truck accident consultation with one of our lawyers.
18 Wheelers Flooding the South Texas Highways
South Texas oil & gas drillers and fracking operations require constant transportation of supplies and resources across the Eagle Ford Shale and companies use large 18-wheel trucks to handle the loads. Unfortunately, the surge in trucking activity has led to an increase in trucking accidents within the Eagle Ford Shale area. Many local residents in smaller passenger cars have been hurt or killed in these preventable accidents, which tend to be more lethal and damaging than average truck accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with an Eagle Ford Shale commercial motor vehicle, call an experienced truck accident attorney to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf.
Increased Truck Accidents in Texas
The revenue generated by the Eagle Ford Shale comes at a price. Complaints against the Eagle Ford Shale operations are numerous, from environmental air quality worries to property value concerns.
Notably, truck accidents in South Texas have increased dramatically since 2008. With increased drilling operations, the use of 18-wheelers through out the Eagle Ford Shale is continuously growing. To handle transportation needs, companies are consistently hiring hundreds of drivers, many of which are untrained and inexperienced to operate commercial semi trucks, 18 wheelers, cement trucks, and tanker trucks. In addition, production demands continuously grow for existing drivers, sometimes resulting in fatigued driving and sleep deprivation as well as overloaded trucks.
An 18-wheeler can become a deadly weapon on the highway when operated by a sleep deprived driver. The risk to public health and safety is substantial. With Eagle Ford Shale semi-trucks, there is not only the general danger that accompanies any highway accident, there is an added potential for injury due to the weight of the truck and the materials being carried by it. Eagle Ford Shale big rigs carry extremely heavy materials, some of which are highly flammable. Therefore, accidents involving these big rigs involve an added level of injury risk as many of them include small passenger vehicles that often get crushed. Truck drivers hired as a result of the Eagle Ford Shale have begun to congest the roadways between Laredo, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, affecting traffic and safety not just for South Texas counties but many of the larger cities as well.
Eagle Ford Shale drilling companies have a responsibility to the citizens of Texas to ensure that their drivers are operating in a safe and professional manner. Failure to do so can result in a serious injuries and tragic outcomes.
After An Accident – Get Help From An Experienced Attorney
Securing the representation of a skillful attorney is vital after an Eagle Ford Shale trucking accident. Insurance company representatives may quickly approach you, asking you to sign various releases statements. These forms are often written to minimize or eliminate the responsibility of the drilling company or truck operator. By signing them, you are potentially contracting away your right to compensation under the law. This is why it is vitally important that you contact a lawyer immediately following an accident. With the advice of a knowledgeable attorney, you can be confident that you are not jeopardizing the strength of your case.
If you have been involved in an Eagle Ford Shale 18-wheeler accident, call Simmons & Fletcher, P.C. today at (713) 932-0777. Our experienced and trusted attorneys treat all clients with integrity,while providing an aggressive representation.
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