In Good Times and Bad, Trucks Transporting Oil Can Have Accidents
The oil business in Texas is often a boom or bust proposition. When things are going good, the crude is being brought up from the ground at an almost overwhelming volume. Even when production slows down, there is still work to be done.
Once the crude oil has been extracted from the earth, it has to be transported elsewhere for refining and distribution. There are a variety of ways in which oil can be moved about the country, including rail and pipelines. Sometimes, oil companies use tanker trucks to get the job done.
Tanker trucks have the advantage of being able to get to locations other means of transportation cannot. Trucks can also be quickly dispatched when all other types of transportation are not available.
The downside of using trucks for oil transport is that trucks must share the road with the general public. This means that should an accident occur, innocent victims could suffer the consequences. Moreover, during peak periods, drivers are often under pressure to move as much oil as quickly as possible. This can lead to drivers missing required rest breaks and being fatigued while behind the wheel.
What's more, sometimes the routes taken by trucks include roadways that were not built to accommodate heavy traffic. All of these factors can create the potential for serious truck accidents. Because the contents of an oil tanker truck are so combustible, it is possible that a collision could result in an explosion.
Oil companies, trucking companies and truck drivers all owe the general public a duty of care when their trucks are on the road. If someone you love is ever injured in an accident with an oil truck, a Texas truck accident attorney may be able to help you get compensation. The attorney could perform an investigation in an effort to demonstrate liability in the preparation of a civil suit or to work with insurance companies to reach a settlement.