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Traffic Accidents in the Eagle Ford Shale Play

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Laura Hosford-Yunker5 years ago

As oil and gas flow from Texas’ booming Eagle Ford Shale Play, the roads that run through it are being overrun by cars, large trucks, and other heavy commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, the increase in traffic has coincided with increased road damage and a spike in motor vehicle accidents and traffic deaths in the area, the Houston Chronicle and other news outlets are reporting.

Commercial Trucks Causing Road Damage

It’s a well known fact that damaged roads plus increased traffic can lead to accidents. The roads in and around the Eagle Ford Shale Play are experiencing traffic never before seen in the area, which is causing major roadway damage. Texas 239 southeast of Kenedy and Texas 792 near Karnes City are prime examples of this; where the increase in potholes is matched only by the increase of crashes and injuries on these roadways.

That is because in addition to numerous vehicles carrying workers to and from their job sites- the roads are must accommodate commercial trucks carrying heavy equipment, drilling rigs and large shipments of water among other loads.

Counties See Dramatic Increase in Traffic Deaths

The increase in potholes and other types of road damage seem to coincide directly with an increase in accidents and deaths in the area.

  • According to a recent report in the Houston Chronicle, Karnes County (located in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale Play) has seen 12 people die in traffic accidents in the last 6 months alone.
  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, counties in the Eagle Ford Shale area have seen a jump in fatal traffic accidents involving commercial vehicles (increasing from six in 2008 to 24 in 2011).
  • LaSalle County saw a 418% increase in commercial vehicle accidents since 2008. McMullen County experienced a 1,050% increase.
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Thomas J. Henry have handled a multitude of commercial vehicle accidents over the past two decades and continue to handle many of the largest 18-wheeler accident cases throughout the United States.

Whether the company is small or large, our success is not an accident; it is because we understand how commercial vehicle companies operate. If you or someone you love has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, contact our offices– we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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