Drivers In South Texas Forced To Share Road, At Risk For Trucking Accidents
16 July 2012No Comments
South Texas drivers, now forced to share the road with oil and gas trucks traveling to and from wells in areas covered by the Eagle Ford Shale, are faced with an increased risk of being involved in a serious commercial trucking accident. Oil tankers and 18-wheelers have contributed to so much congestion in the area, in fact, that U.S. 181 has been described as “clogged,” and Texas 239 is known simply as a “death trap.” These descriptors aren’t an exaggeration either; McMullen County alone has had an astonishing 1,050 percent increase in the rate of fatal collisions with commercial trucks, and Karnes County has experienced a twelve-times increased risk of fatal trucking accidents since 2008, right around the time the oil and natural gas boom began to take off in South Texas. With the significant increase in semi-trucks and 18-wheelers on the road in Texas, motorists are at an increased risk of devastating Texas trucking accidents, injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured in a Corpus Christi trucking accident, contact our qualified trucking accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today.
Commercial Trucks Drilling At Eagle Ford Shale Clog Texas Roadways
The Eagle Ford Shale, also known as the Eagle Ford Formation, is a sedimentary rock formation that underlies much of South and East Texas, consisting of organic matter-rich fossiliferous marine shale. As of 2010, the Eagle Ford Shale was one of the most actively drilled targets for gas and oil in the entire United States. As oil and gas companies in the U.S. compete in the drilling of the Eagle Ford Shale, more and more truck drivers are hitting Texas roadways with too many hours under their belts and too little sleep. Driver fatigue is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents in the U.S., occurring when commercial truck drivers are pressured into driving long hours without taking enough breaks. Despite the fact that the commercial trucking industry is subjected to strict regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, many truck drivers and trucking companies ignore these safety measures to turn a profit.
Contact A Corpus Christi Trucking Accident Attorney For Help
Trucking accidents in Corpus Christi typically result in catastrophic injuries, if not death, due mostly to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks. Drivers in passenger cars, motorcycle riders and pedestrians have little chance of survival up against a 15,000- to 20,000-pound truck, which makes commercial trucking accidents some of the most devastating accidents in Texas and across the country. If you have suffered injuries caused by a trucking accident in Texas, or if you lost a loved one in such an accident, consult our experienced trucking accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today. Our law firm is located in Corpus Christi, and our trucking accident attorneys have years of experience protecting the rights of victims of commercial trucking accident injuries.