With the oil and gas industries booming in Texas it is no surprise that regions near the Permian Basin are seeing an increase in traffic fatalities. Areas like Odessa and Midland have oil truck accident hot spots where fatal crashes with oil and gas trucks have become an increasingly normal occurrence.
If you live in a community that oil and gas trucks routinely pass through, your family could be at a higher risk of a fatal wreck. If you were hit or if a loved one died after a gas truck crash, you could have a valid claim of personal injury or wrongful death.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings believes that no lives should be put at risk because of negligent drivers, especially when those drivers are operating giant tankers that can easily kill or maim opposing vehicles.
Why do Oil and Gas Trucks Cause more Fatal Accidents?
The Permian Basin saw a 13% increase in traffic fatalities from 2012 to 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says.
More fatal accidents may be occurring because truck companies hire younger or less experienced drivers who do not have professional understanding of how to handle a large rig. Young truckers come into the industry and expect to make anywhere from $72,000 to $100,000, but just because they land the job doesn't mean they are qualified for it.
Negligent drivers make what authorities say is a hazardous driving environment all the more dangerous.
What is being done about the Increase in Fatal Gas and Oil Truck Accidents?
TxDOT has beefed up its campaign to bring awareness to oil and gas truck accidents in these areas through radio and television advertisements. Putting more officers on the roads to remind people to slow down is another tactic the department has taken recently.
However helpful these actions intend to be, increased police presence and awareness may not be enough to reduce the number of fatal accidents these dangerous areas are seeing.
If you've been involved in a wreck or lost a loved one because of truck driver negligence, reach out to SAC's experienced Texas gas truck crash attorneys for a consultation.
Stephens, Anderson & Cummings' Attorneys are here to Defend Your Family's Rights
An oil truck accident can be particularly devastating for the victim if they survive, and for the victims of fatal crashes their families are left to deal with a loss they did not expect. Stephens, Anderson & Cummings is on your side after a gas truck crash disturbs your life.