The Eagle Ford Shale rock formation spans 30 counties in south Texas. This formation is known to yield dry gas, wet gas, natural gas liquids and oil. In recent years, the Eagle Ford Shale formation has attracted hundreds of oil and gas drilling companies. This aggressive expansion in an inherently dangerous environment can lead to devastating oil field accidents and catastrophic injuries.
As the Eagle Ford Shale rock formation has brought billions of dollars in oil and gas extraction to the region, it has also introduced countless accidents and life-changing injuries. At the Burch Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered a broad range of injuries in an array of accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to an oil field accident, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation at our oil field accident law firm.
South Texas Oil Field Accidents and Explosions
Whether your oil field accident was caused by overwork, lack of safety equipment, failed safety features, faulty equipment, fires or explosions, you have likely suffered a serious injury. Our firm is prepared to handle cases involving a wide range of injuries, including:
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Vision or hearing loss
While we understand the economic benefits of increased drilling or hydraulic fracturing (fracking), we will aggressively fight to ensure that injured individuals recover the full and fair monetary compensation they are owed. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an oil field accident, it is crucial that you seek skilled representation as soon as possible.
Eagle Ford Shale Motor Vehicle Accidents
This influx of mining activity also brings an influx of traffic. The increase in volume of construction vehicles, 18-wheelers and commuter traffic has led to an increase in serious motor vehicle accidents. Even more dangerous is the fact that the small access roads that the mining companies rely on were not designed for the large vehicles that are now using them. Loose gravel, uneven surfaces and tight corners can all lead to devastating property damage and catastrophic injuries. If you suffered an injury in the Eagle Ford Shale rock formation area, do not hesitate to contact our firm.
Traffic Deaths on the Rise in Texas as Oil Industry Booms
Since 2008, the oil industry in Texas has been booming. This economic development has led to an increase in the number of trucks and other large vehicles on the roadways in Texas. However, many of these large trucks and cars are not driven safely. Between time pressures, mechanical problems and unqualified or intoxicated drivers, traffic deaths are increasing in Texas.
According to a recent report, traffic deaths increased by eight percent between 2009 and 2013, despite the fact that fatalities were down nationwide. During that same times, fatal truck accidents involving commercial drivers increased by 51 percent. Additionally, the Texas Department of Public Safety has conducted random checks of trucks on the roadways and has found that up to 30 percent of these commercial vehicles should not be on the roadways.
DPS claims that these checks have revealed that many trucks are operating with serious safety problems including bald tires, defective brakes and missing safety lights. Furthermore, a large percentage of driver were intoxicated or unqualified to drive these large vehicles.
When negligent drivers cause fatal car accidents, the results can be devastating. Families must suffer through the loss of a loved one all because of the carelessness of another. In addition to the emotional pain, many families suffer serious financial losses as a result of a fatal accident. These losses can include lost wages, funeral expenses, medical bills and other costs.
A wrongful death suit can help to cover these costs and others including pain and suffering and loss of companionship. While this suit cannot take away the emotional pain, it can help to give families the financial security they need in the absence of their loved one.
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Schedule a consultation to learn more about your legal options. The Burch Law Firm can be reached at 830-629-0955 or through our convenient online form. Free consultations. Evening or weekend appointments are available based on the needs of our clients.