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Truck Accident Injuries are the Price to Pay For Oil Boom


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5/30/2014
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It's no secret that the oil and natural gas businesses are booming in Texas right now, but some people may not realize the cost of human life that has been associated with this. There has been an enormous spike in truck accidents as large trucks and drilling equipment clog the streets and highways in Texas.

Statistics from the Associated Press (AP) show that in 21 counties in Texas where drilling has recently expanded, deaths per 100,000 people are up an average of 18 percent. If you look at similar data for the rest of Texas, these deaths are down by 20 percent.

"We are just so swamped," said Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva of Karnes County, Texas, a location where there has been an overwhelming increase in serious truck accidents. Villanueva also said he doesn't imagine this will slow down any time soon.

Texas is no stranger to oil booms, but the AP reports that this boom is different because of the current hydraulic-fracturing process that has replaced older drilling techniques. Hydraulic-fracturing extracts oil and gas by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel, and chemicals. Doing this requires plenty of large trucks that have to take 2,300 to 4,000 trips per well to deliver the fluids.

We often discuss how truck drivers are governed by strict regulations, but unfortunately, truckers in the oil and gas industry are not required to abide by all of the same rules. This results in drivers on the road who have been working long hours and may not make the best decisions.

If you live in a county in Texas that has a lot of oil drilling activity, be sure to exercise additional caution on the roads and look out for trucks. Please also share this article with anyone you know who lives in one of these areas as well—you may just save a life.



Category: Truck Accidents and DWI Accidents

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