Oil Rig Truck Accidents
Oil rig trucks are tasked with the job of moving equipment, extracted oil and gas, and workers around the oilfield. Statistics show that the deadliest danger in the oilfield isn’t the drilling – it’s the trucks. Trucking is a very important part of the oil drilling process, but also the most likely cause of worker fatalities. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), some Texas counties have seen trucking fatalities increase by nearly 50%. The boom in commercial trucking deaths is related to a combination of reasons:
- Long Work Hours
- Negligent Hiring
- Driver Negligence
- Poor Maintenance
If you or a loved one has suffered from an oilfield trucking injury in Texas, the oil rig truck accidents attorneys at Richard J. Plezia & Associates will fight for justice on your behalf.
Work Hours – Too Much, Too Often
Drilling for oil and gas is a 24-hour job. Most drill rigs only pause work for the most severe weather conditions or mechanical reasons. The culture of oilfield work is to drill, keep drilling, and don’t stop until the job is complete. This culture is good for oil production, but terrible for worker safety.
Oilfield employees are routinely pressed to work long days – twelve to fifteen hours – followed by a drive back home before repeating the process the very next day. Operating on such few hours of sleep is an invitation for accidents while driving. Drowsy driving reduced reaction time and falling asleep at the wheel can both become deadly consequence of the oilfield’s long work hour culture.
An oilfield boom is good for the economy, but bad for hiring practices. Service companies needing to fill positions will often hire employees without full training and/or credentials. Placing a truck driver without the proper license behind the wheel of a big rig is illegal and negligent.
Oilfield trucking accidents are often caused by driver negligence. Some examples include:
- Using cell phone while driving
- Drunk driving
- Ignoring road signs
- Aggressive driving
Oil service and big rig trucks require consistent maintenance and routine checks to perform safely. Poor maintenance can cause malfunctions responsible for oilfield trucking injuries. From the tires and oil to transmission and suspension parts – maintenance on oilfield trucks is a daily job. Companies often cut corners to save time and money, and these cuts can lead to oilfield accidents.
Have you suffered an oilfield truck injury in Texas? Don’t attempt to recover alone. The oilfield truck accidents attorneys in Houston at the offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates can review your case and offer advice on filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. A suit may be the only way to for you and your family to recover financially after your accident. Contact our office today for a free consultation with a workplace accident lawyer.