Injured Workers in Eagle Ford Shale Accidents
Many workers in the Eagle Ford Shale are employed in the oil or natural gas (fracking) industries. These types of positions often involve very long hours of grueling manual labor in exhausting conditions. Accidents frequently occur on job sites in the Eagle Ford Shale, including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Contact with equipment or other objects
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Caught in machine accidents
These types of accidents can stem from any one of a number of possible causes, most of them involving the negligence of another party. Failure to use proper safety precautions, lack of maintenance, and defective parts can all be contributing factors in these cases.
Determining the exact cause of these accidents can be extremely complicated, and many employers will work quickly to clean up accident scenes and, thus, get rid of evidence. Williams Kherkher will know how to handle the investigation of these types of accidents and dig into paperwork to find proof of negligence when necessary.
Eagle Ford Shale Truck Accidents
Oil and gas workers are not the only people who suffer injuries in accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale. Many residents of communities in towns in one of the 26 counties in the geographic area may be involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by one of these employees.
The large number of oil and gas providers in the Eagle Ford Shale area has inevitably led to an increase in large truck traffic. Commercial vehicles such as oil tankers must share the roads with other motor vehicles in the area.
The vast size of these vehicles usually means that these crashes usually result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale include, but are not limited to:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver error
- Lack of vehicle maintenance
- Defective equipment
- Lack of commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Distracted driving
Crashes involving these types of vehicles are extremely complex. In some cases, multiple parties could bear liability. Third parties could be responsible for the maintenance of these vehicles. Cases involving defective parts can result in product liability actions. It is not out of the question for a single case to involve multiple defendants.
Eagle Ford Shale Accidents Statistics
The San Antonio Express-News reported in March 2015 that 272 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale in 2014. The figure represented a 13 percent increase from the previous year.
According to the Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas, 1,360 drilling permits were issued in the first seven months of 2018. The Eagle Ford Shale saw 798,063 barrels of oil production, 4,497 million cubic feet (Mcf) per day of natural gas production, and 157,767 barrels of condensate production.
The RRC reported that the top five oil operators in the Eagle Ford Shale in 2016 were EOG Resources, Inc. (79,342,397 barrels), Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. (37,294,430), Chesapeake Operating, L.L.C. (36,698,940), Burlington Resources O&G Co. LP (31,280,213), and Marathon Oil EF LLC (29,061,059). The top gas operator was Lewis Petro Properties, Inc. with 214,962,409 MMcf, and Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC was the top condensate operator with 20,656,298 barrels.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 120 fatal work injuries in the oil and gas industry in 2008. The three most common events in these cases were traffic accidents (41 percent), contact with objects or equipment (25 percent), and fires or explosions (15 percent). Texas had the highest fatality total of any state with 41.
The BLS reported that there were 2,400 nonfatal injury and illness cases for drilling oil and gas wells in 2003, 4,700 in 2005, and 4,200 in 2007. In 2007, the BLS said the drilling oil and gas wells industry had median days away from work of 30, significantly higher than the median for all industries of 7.
Contact an Eagle Ford Shale Accident Attorney Today
For nearly four decades, Williams Kherkher has been fighting for accident victims in communities all over Texas. Our firm has seen an increase in the number of claims in the Eagle Ford Shale area and is prepared to assist victims with the various claims that can arise.
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in an accident in the Eagle Ford Shale area? You will want to call Williams Kherkher at (713) 352-7071 or contact us online to have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.