Eagle Ford Shale Truck Accident Attorney

Encompassing such points as Houston, Laredo and Corpus Christi, Eagle Ford Shale's economic progress has triggered greater commercial vehicle traffic — and in turn, more trucking accidents. Government, educational and commercial institutions in Texas have joined forces to study problems such as truck accidents that have accompanied the oil and gas boom in the Eagle Ford Shale region. For example, the Eagle Ford Shale Conference was held in Corpus Christi in the fall of 2012. There are good reasons for such efforts, and one of them is the increased trucking activity in this area of South Texas — and truck accidents.

Varieties Of Truck Accidents In Eagle Ford Shale And Throughout South Texas

We typically think of truck accidents in terms of tractor-trailers striking automobiles. When this happens, the occupants of the car(s) involved are typically severely injured or killed, primarily because of the great weight differential between an 18-wheeler (or other type of commercial vehicle) and a passenger car. However, other types of trucking accidents happen from time to time, as well, including truck rollovers, jackknife truck accidents, truck-versus-truck collisions and accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. In May of 2013, a trucker was killed when he had pulled over to check his truck's load — and he was struck and killed by a passing tractor-trailer.

Causes Of Truck Accidents In Eagle Ford Shale

Causes of truck accidents in Eagle Ford Shale are similar to those in any other time or place: driver fatigue, violation of trucking safety regulations, poor tire treads and brake failure. However, Eagle Ford Shale also presents some unique challenges to drivers because of the fast-paced oil and gas development boom of recent years. Oilfield service workers have been exempted from federal hours of service regulations. Experts point to this as a major problem that puts sleepy truck drivers on the roads.

Furthermore, the speed with which additional trucks, cars and heavy construction-type vehicles have been added to the roadways in Eagle Ford Shale has created difficulties. Government bodies have had a hard time keeping up with the necessary infrastructure upgrades. As a result, existing streets and highways have been overtaxed with trucks and other heavy vehicles associated with oil and gas extraction activities. Increased traffic has resulted in greater numbers of car and truck accidents and other types of accidents.

Contact A South Texas Lawyer About Injuries And Accidents In The Eagle Ford Shale Region

The Bates Law Firm represents people who have been injured in truck accidents in Eagle Ford Shale and elsewhere in South Texas. Eagle Ford Shale truck accident lawyer Harry S. Bates also represents families of people killed in truck accidents caused by negligence. Please call us at 210-226-3777, toll free at 877-716-3777, toll free at 877-716-3777 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free initial consultation with a San Antonio attorney. Se habla español.