Barnett Shale Truck Accidents

Injured In A Collision With An Oil And Gas Truck In The Barnett Shale Area?

Oil- and gas-related trucking traffic criss-crosses Texas daily; 80,000 pound 18-wheelers travel to and from the fields with supplies, waste by-products and the actual oil or gas itself. In North Texas, these large commercial vehicles are typically servicing the Barnett Shale Region, travelling through Dallas-Fort Worth with large, potentially dangerous loads.

With heightened truck traffic comes a heightened chance for truck accidents that can cause serious or fatal injuries. Since 1951 Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz has been helped those injured throughout Texas in crashes with semi-trucks, 18-wheelers or tanker trucks. Contact our office online or call 800-836-6130 (toll free 800-580-9121) to schedule a free initial consultation.

Trucking Issues That Can Lead To Serious Accidents And Serious Injuries

The oil and gas boom in the Barnett Shale Region has dramatically increased the demand for truck drivers, at times leading to:

  • Inexperienced drivers getting behind the wheel of a 40 ton machine
  • Tired or fatigued drivers continuing to drive despite being over their allowed hours of service or at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel

As with any motor vehicle accident, driver error is often to blame for commercial truck crashes. Potentially catastrophic mistakes that a truck driver could make include:

  • Failing to complete safety checks before and after a pickup or delivery
  • Failing to properly maintain a semi-truck, including conducting a thorough check of the brake system
  • Failing to ensure that their cargo is properly secured, balanced and within legal weight standards

In addition to those above, a serious driver error by a trucker is driving distracted or driving while impaired. Truck drivers have even lower legal thresholds for intoxication than other drivers and are absolutely prohibited from using a handheld cell phone behind the wheel.

Serious Or Fatal Injuries Often Are The Result Of Truck Crashes

Quick maneuvers by a large truck to avoid a crash are not easy to make and can have serious consequences themselves, such as overturning the truck and spilling a potentially hazardous load into the roadway. In the years our firm has been representing those injured on Texas roadways by oil- and gas-related trucking traffic, we have seen serious injuries including:

  • Broken bones including a broken neck or back
  • Spinal cord injuries that have resulted in paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Severe burns
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
  • Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash

When an 80,000 pound oil tanker truck or other commercial vehicle travelling to or from the Barnett Shale Region collides with a passenger car, it is also possible that the injuries sustained will be fatal. Our Texas injury attorneys also help families pursue wrongful death action against the driver, trucking companies and oil and gas company that took the life of your loved one.

Contact Our Texas Oil And Gas Truck Accident Attorneys

If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a truck accident in the Barnett Shale Region, our law firm can help you seek full compensation for your losses. With 65 years of experience representing injured Texans, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz has the skill and know-how you will need on your side to stand up to a large oil company or trucking company who is at fault for your injuries.

Call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or e-mail our office to schedule your free consultation with a Texas truck accident lawyer today.