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Work-related auto accidents up amid Texas fracking boom

Texas has seen an oil and fracking boom in recent years, and with that boom has come an increased risk of injury and death for oil patch workers. Specifically, there has been an alarming rise in the number of work-related transportation accidents.

In 2013, 50 oil patch workers died in Texas, and transportation accidents caused 25 of those fatalities. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the risk of death by transportation accident is 8.5 times greater for oil patch workers than for private employees in other industries.

Oil and gas workers often work extremely long hours and travel together in vans or trucks before and after shifts. Under these circumstances, there is a serious risk of fatigued driving, and in many areas of the state, communities have seen a major increase in oil- and gas-related road traffic. There has also been a disturbing rise in the number of "triple tragedies" -- wrecks that take the lives of three or more people.

Consider these triple tragedy numbers in Texas from the last few years:

  • 72 in 2010
  • 101 in 2012
  • 148 in 2013

This year, as of mid-July, 81 people had lost their lives in triple tragedies.

While not all of such accidents are connected to the oil and gas industry, many of them are. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a work-related transportation accident, then it is important that you are aware of your options for receiving the full measure of compensation for damages. An attorney with experience in workers' compensation and personal injury law can clarify those options and help you get the compensation you need and deserve.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Fracking boom increases 'triple tragedies' on Texas highways," Lisa Olsen, Sept. 16, 2014

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