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Eagle Ford Shale Car Accident Attorneys

Background on the Eagle Ford Shale

In South Texas, the Eagle Ford Formation (more commonly known as the Eagle Ford Shale) is a hub of significant oil and gas production. The shale play runs from the Mexican border up into the eastern side of the state and is approximately 50 miles wide and 400 miles long. It is notable because it produces more gas and oil than any other traditional shale plays, with a much higher carbonate shale percentage. This makes it an extremely active shale play with a high return. Per the Railroad Commission of Texas Production Data Query System (PDQ), the shale has produced more than 636,343 barrels per day from January to August of 2013.

Many companies are drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale, including, but not limited to:

  • Anadarko Petroleum
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Apache Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Murphy Oil
  • Cabot Oil & Gas
  • Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Forest Oil Corporation

Traffic Accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale Region

With the Eagle Ford Shale area teeming with oil and gas activity, it is no small wonder that the nearby roads are inundated with traffic from oil tankers, gravel trucks, and other commercial vehicles. This, however, is not only inconvenient for residents—it is downright deadly. According to preliminary data released by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), fatal traffic accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale region have increased by more than 40 percent, with 2,700+ accidents causing either a fatality or a severe injury in 2012.

Injured in an Eagle Ford Shale Commercial Vehicle Accident?

Data shows that driving in the Eagle Ford Shale means that you are driving in one of the most dangerous areas of the state.

According to Karnes County Sheriff David Jalufka,
"You take your life in your own hands by being on the road right now."

While all traffic accidents have increased, the most dramatic rise has involved commercial vehicle accidents. According to the Eagle Pass Business Journal, since 2008 when the Eagle Ford Shale began booming, commercial vehicle accidents have increased more than 400% in La Salle County and more than 1050% in McMullen County, where oil and gas exploration continues to rise.

South Texas commercial vehicle accidents, however, are caused by more than just an increase in traffic on the road. With urgent energy production demands, commercial drivers are often pushed past logical boundaries and stay on the road even when exhausted. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a commercial accident on the Eagle Ford Shale, do not hesitate to involve an experienced lawyer. At Arnold & Itkin, we know how daunting it can be to consider filing a personal injury case following a truck accident, but you do not have to do it alone.

Call us today at (888) 493-1629 for a free, confidential case consultation.

Case Results

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  • $12Million Massive Settlement Obtained for Truck Driver Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm has secured a $12 million settlement on behalf a truck driver who was crushed by his own cargo—which then led directly to a stroke. The driver, who was 56 years old at the time, now requires costly around-the-clock care to carry out basic tasks. The defendants argued that the stroke was his fault—but Cory Itkin was able to counter their arguments enough to compel them to settle. Our client has received everything he needs for a stable future.
  • $10Million Settlement Won for Family Against Negligent Trucking Company Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Ces Tavares represented a family who had lost their father in a tragic 18-wheeler accident. He was driving home when a trucker made a dangerous maneuver and caused a massive collision. The trucking company ultimately settled for $10 million.
  • $10Million Settlement Obtained for Family Affected by Fatal Vehicle Accident Our firm represented the family of two people who were killed after their vehicle was hit by an 18-wheeler running a red light. We were successful in reaching an eight figure settlement on their behalf.
  • $3.2Million Settlement Reached for Injured Husband & Wife Attorney Cory Itkin represented a husband and wife who were injured after being hit by two semi-trucks. The wife sustained back injures while the husband was knocked unconscious; he needed several surgeries. Our firm was successful in reaching a settlement of $3.2 million for the couple.
  • $2.1Million Settlement Obtained for Truck Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for a man who suffered severe neck and back injuries in a truck accident. Our firm aggressively pursued the case until the defendant settled with our client days before trial.
  • $2Million Large Settlement Obtained for Grieving Family Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a massive settlement for a family who lost their loved one due to the negligence and reckless action of a commercial vehicle driver. Our work will allow our clients to live in financial stability while they grieve and heal from this tragedy.
  • $1.6Million Large Settlement Reached for Victim of Severe Truck Accident Truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin secured a sizable settlement for a client who was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on the highway. Her injuries required multiple surgeries, but the defendants refused to take responsibility. Her $1.6 million settlement will get her the medical care and financial support she needs.
  • $1.5Million Big Rig Accident Victim Received Jury Verdict Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a tractor trailer. We are especially pleased with this result because the defendants accepted no responsibility for the injury and only offered to settle for $5000.
  • $1.5Million Jury Verdict Ruled in Favor of Longshoreman Arnold & Itkin obtained a $1.55 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when a yard mule driver collided with the pickup truck in which he was standing. The defendants only offered to settle for $35,000 while denying the existence of an injury at all.
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