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.
Recent data from the Texas Railroad Commission logs that Texas oil and gas operations received a stunning 131 violations for TNRC 91.143 in Quarter 3 of the 2019 fiscal year. TNRC 91.143 prohibits oil and gas operators from tampering with gauges and from falsifying, simulating, or knowingly inputting incorrect material on applications, reports, and other documents.
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.
Semitruck crashes are horrible for everyone involved. You might be haunted thinking about what you could have done differently that might have prevented the accident. In many cases, there is nothing that you could have done to stop the impact if the semitruck was careening toward you.