South Texas Eagle Ford shale oil boom increases truck accidents

The Eagle Ford shale oil boom in south Texas has dramatically increased the number of accidents and fatalities involving commercial trucks (also known as 18 wheeler or semi-trucks or tractor-trailers). The process of fracking has turned areas that were recently considered "tapped out" of oil to suddenly become hugely profitable as vast new oil reserves have become retrievable. The tremendous pressure that oil drilling companies and suppliers of piping, frack water and other supplies puts on drivers to deliver loads faster and more often has led to cutting corners in the hiring, training and retention of drivers and leads some drivers to take chances with safety on the road by working too many hours or driving too fast. 

Since 2008, the number of traffic fatalities from semi-truck accidents has increased more than 300% in such south Texas towns as Whitsett, Three Rivers, Cotulla. Carrizo Springs, Hallettsville, Tilden, Crystal City and Karnes City. The enormous increase in 18 wheeler wrecks has also affected such Texas counties as McMullen, Live Oak, La Salle and Karnes. The wrongful death truck accidents in these areas have become so frequent that the stretch of Texas Highway 72 from Cotulla to Three Rivers has been jokingly referred to as the "Tunnel of Death". 

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a commercial truck accident, contact the Todd Law Firm at (512) 472-7799 or visit our website to learn how we can help you protect your family and get the recovery you deserve. Located in Austin we help victims of semi-truck accidents in south Texas and throughout the state and we enjoy helping families put their lives back together after a tractor-trailer or other commercial truck collision.

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