Commercial Vehicle Accidents on the Eagle Ford Shale
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 major 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
- 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 local 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 serious 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 for a free, confidential case consultation.