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Oilfield trucks continue to cause serious and fatal accidents

The oil industry is a critical to the Texas economy and to the economies of many neighboring states. Whether drilling, refining or transporting it, oil provides jobs and revenue. Unfortunately, the industry also has some serious downsides.

Even if we set aside environmental concerns about the use of fossil fuels, activities related to oil production are responsible for an unacceptable number of truck accidents. Usually, these accidents are caused by negligent and inexperienced drivers hauling drilling equipment and oilfield wastewater.

Although accident numbers for Texas aren't immediately available, statistics from neighboring states paint a grim picture. According to a recent news article, 36 people in Oklahoma have been killed since 2007 in crashes involving oilfield trucks. In the last two years alone, another 54 people have suffered injuries in accidents with these same types of trucks.

In many cases, these accidents are not unforeseeable, honest mistakes. The news investigation found that accidents were commonly caused by:

  • Trucks that were thousands of pounds over their weight capacity
  • Trucks with bad brakes and other mechanical problems
  • Trucking companies with questionable (or bad) safety ratings
  • Trucking companies that fail to test their drivers for drugs and alcohol intoxication
  • Truck drivers that may be inexperienced and poorly trained

During boom years, there is a lot of money to be made in the oil industry. Unfortunately, high demand often compels oil companies to contract with less-than-reputable truck drivers and trucking companies. This problem can be seen in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and other states in the region.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident with an oilfield truck (or any other commercial vehicle), you may be entitled to receive compensation. Please discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney to better understand your rights and options.

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