Danger in the oilfields doesn't start when the drillbit hits the dirt. Hazards arrive on the well pad as soon as the set-up crews do.
Oil and gas operations have recently revved up the Texas economy and created new jobs, including thousands of jobs in oilfield trucking. With peak salaries ranging from $70k-$110k a year, many are enticed to join the industry. However, oilfield trucking is not normal trucking, and truck drivers sometimes end up with a wilder ride than they expected.
Did you know that fatigued driving causes over 100,000 accidents every year? Even worse, researchers believe the known figures of fatigue-related accidents are likely underreported. Trucking accident researcher Ronald Knipling (p. 160) has noted that "in-depth investigations consistently uncover about three fatigue-related crashes for every one designated by the police". The personal injury lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm understand that driving while fatigued once can come with lifelong repercussions.
"You drive lousy when you drive drowsy." Fatigued and drowsy driving is a serious problem in Texas, which sustains some of the highest drowsy driving deaths in the nation. A study conducted by sleepjunkie.org indicates that more than 1 in 5 of national driver fatigue-related fatalities in 2016 occurred in Texas. At Wyatt Law Firm, our personal injury and auto accident lawyers understand how serious this problem is.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently released a study on 2017 crash statistics in Texas's five primary oil- and gas-producing regions: the year tallied over 194,000 crashes with 7,422 serious injuries and 1,614 deaths. The personal injury lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm, Ltd. have dealt with many automobile and commercial trucking accident cases from this region.
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Even if you travel busy Texas highways every day, you probably never fully grow accustomed to sharing the road with tractor-trailers. The sight of these massive machines barreling up behind you in your rear view mirror is enough to make your stress levels soar through the roof! If you happen to be driving during inclement weather conditions, coming neck-and-neck to a tractor-trailer may place you and anyone nearby at great risk for injury. So much can go so wrong so quickly, especially if a truck jackknifes.
Due to their significant size and weight, large trucks can cause significant damage when they collide with smaller vehicles. Texas drivers who have suffered harm because of a crash involving a semi-truck could be victims of one of the most common dangers involving truck drivers: fatigue.
With the number of semitrailers out on Texas roads every day, it is not uncommon to hear of trucking accidents that have fatal results. If a truck accident is responsible for the loss of your loved one, it is likely that you are dealing with a significant amount of emotional and financial stress. Thankfully, this is a burden you may not have to shoulder alone, and it doesn't have to bury you financially.