Accidents and Injuries in the Eagle Ford Shale
Eagle Ford Shale oil exploration is booming and has brought tremendous economic growth to South Texas and Central areas like San Antonio. The Eagle Ford Shale is located in South Texas and is about 50 miles wide by 400 miles long. It stretches across South Texas and down to Mexico including the towns of Laredo, Floresville, Karnes City, Kenedy, Cuero, Victoria, Beeville, Three Rivers, Georgetown, Tilden, Freer, Cotulla, Laredo, Pleasanton, and Jourdanton. Even though it doesn't stretch as far as San Antonio, the gas and oil producing site of Eagle Ford Shale can still affect the lives of those living there. Unfortunately, a number of commercial drivers cause a disturbance in the surrounding Eagle Ford areas. It is thus vital to select a knowledgeable attorney if you or a loved one has recently been involved in an commercial 18 wheeler collision or an oil and gas accident in the region.
Commercial drivers working in and around the Eagle Ford Shale area have become a primary concern of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) because of failure to meet proper safety standards. In the last three years, the DPS has pulled over thousands of commercial drivers for road safety violations in Dimmit, La Salle, and Mullin counties, which are some of the busiest counties for oil field drilling and production. DPS has conducted over 13,000 inspections from 2011 to 2014 in these counties. DPS has also put over 5,000 commercial trucks out of service resulting in a 36% increase in issued warnings to over 59,000 commercial drivers. Approximately, 1000 commercial drivers have been pulled off the road.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) reported that the 23 county area of Eagle Ford Shale that stretches from Huntsville to Laredo had 236 fatalities in 2013 with 3430 accidents that resulted in serious injuries and fatalities. This caused about a 26% increase from 2012. Some of the safety concerns cited by the DPS by commercial drivers were; excessive speeding, causing accidents with ordinary drivers, and failing to obey school zones. Increased traffic and deteriorating roads have only made safe driving more difficult. The Texas Department of Transportation has been trying to alleviate safety concerns by widening roads, adding turn lanes, and passing lanes. But to no avail, these drivers continue to be negligent and cause serious injuries and property damage.
These drivers cause many accidents and injuries in the Eagle Ford Shale to innocent civilians. If you or a loved one has been suffered from accidents and injuries in the Eagle Ford Shale, you have rights to receive compensation. Contact a San Antonio oil exploration accident attorney for help. At Carabin & Shaw’s San Antonio location, we can offer you an attorney to help make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. An accident with a commercial truck driver can leave you with serious long lasting injuries. These trucks weigh over 80,000 pounds and travel at extremely fast speeds. They are not able to break as quickly as passenger vehicles. So when they collide with a passenger vehicle, they leave the vehicle with serious property damage and the motorist with serious injuries. These injuries can keep you out of work and left with very expensive hospital bills. You will need an attorney from Carabin & Shaw to help make sure you get the money you need to pay for your hospital expenses. There is no time to wait. Call Carabin & Shaw today.
Insurance companies don’t always compensate you what you deserve. An experienced attorney from Carabin & Shaw’s location in San Antonio can help you receive the right amount. You can contact a lawyer day or night for a free consultation. Accidents and Injuries in the Eagle Ford Shale can happen. It is important to know who you can turn to for help. Our lawyers will stop at nothing to bring you justice. Call Carabin & Shaw today. We are able to consult Spanish speakers. Se habla Español.
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