Eagle Ford Accidents Continue to Increase
For those living South of San Antonio in the Eagle Ford Shale, the amount of traffic has more than doubled on some roads in recent years resulting in a significant increase in accidents.
In McMullen County, south of San Antonio, the number of accidents rose from 22 accidents in 2008 to 87 in 2011; a 295.5% increase. That represents the largest percentage increase in the state. La Salle County wasn’t too far behind; they saw a 211.7 percent increase in accidents, from 60 in 2008 to 187 in 2011.
Some suggest that a lot of the problem is that a lot of the traffic increase is on roads that weren’t built to handle it. But Live Oak County, which has more highways that are better equipped for heavy truck traffic, still saw a 11.1 percent increase, from 253 accidents in 2008 to 281 in 2011.
Other counties saw significant increases in accidents during the time frame. Karnes County saw a 78.5 percent increase, from 172 to 307 accidents. Goliad County saw a 15.1 percent increase, from 93 accidents to 107. Duvall County saw a 42.5 percent increase, from 80 accidents to 114. And Jim Wells County saw a 10.4 percent increase, from 702.
Of the 87 accidents in McMullen County in 2011, 37 caused serious injuries, and four people died. A total of 46 of the accidents involved commercial vehicles, with 16 of those leading to 19 serious injuries and one death. Of the 281 accidents in Live Oak County, 93 left people seriously injured, and nine people died. Commercial vehicles were involved in 54 of those accidents, and caused 12 serious injuries and one death.
All of this is occurring and the Oil and Gas drillers and Trucking Companies continue to spend less than 15 of revenues on Health and Safety and continue to under train many of their employees. For more information call Carabin Shaw at 1.800.862.1260.