Five Killed In Collision With Tanker Truck In South Texas Oil Field
23 January 2015No Comments
Five oil field workers died last week when the van they were riding in collided with a crude oil tanker truck, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. The fatal Texas truck accident took place on Highway 83 in Dimmit County at about 7:00 a.m. on January 15, when the oil tanker truck rolled onto its side after swerving to avoid hitting a pickup truck. The van carrying the oil field workers and another vehicle then struck the tanker truck, killing five of the workers and injuring three others, including one man who is currently in critical condition with burns covering 85% of his body. If you have been injured in a major trucking accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our personal injury lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help.
Increase in Fatal Traffic Accidents in Texas
State police are investigating the deadly collision in Dimmit County, which is just one of a growing number of traffic accidents Texas has seen since the oil boom started in the Eagle Ford Shale region. Oil booms naturally result in increased traffic in areas where oil field workers are driving to and from rig sites, and where tanker trucks are carting away crude oil. According to a 2012 report, 12 people were killed in traffic accidents in Karnes County, Texas, during a six-month period that year, which is 12 times the number of fatalities that were reported to the Texas Department of Transportation in 2008, when oil and gas drilling first started to take off.
TX Oilfield Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks
“We know there is a lot more traffic now because of the Eagle Ford Shale energy sector within our district, especially on U.S. 83 in north Webb and Dimmit counties,” said Raul Leal, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation’s office in Laredo, Texas. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a major uptick in traffic accidents, particularly those resulting in three or more fatalities, like the collision in South Texas last week. Some believe the collisions occur when exhausted oilfield workers, who sometimes work 20 or more hours in one day, fall asleep at the wheel. According to that same 2012 report though, in the counties most directly affected by Eagle Ford drilling, the most significant increase in fatal traffic accidents involved commercial vehicles.
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The oilfield workers killed in the trucking accident in South Texas were identified as 21-year-old Justin Lara, 65-year-old Juan Francisco Medellin, 22-year-old Edward Pena, 30-year-old Carlos Rubio, and 50-year-old Sergio Javier Veyro. If you have suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in a Texas trucking accident, or if you lost a loved one in a deadly oilfield accident in Texas, consult our reputable attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your losses.