Permian Basin Truck Accident Attorneys
Recovering Compensation for Serious Injuries in the Permian Basin
Trucking accidents are among the most serious types of accidents because of the size of commercial trucks, especially those loaded with natural gas, oil, and other hazardous material. If you were involved in an accident caused by a truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Sadly, the trucking companies and their insurance provider are not concerned with your recovery or well-being – only their bottom line. However, our Texas and New Mexico personal injury lawyers at Sorey, Gilliland, & Hull, LLP are. We truly care about our clients and want to help you receive the compensation you need to recover after an accident.
Dangers of the Permian Basin Oil Boom
Stretching from southeast New Mexico through western Texas, the Permian Basin is rich in natural resources such as petroleum oil, natural gases, and valuable minerals. Since the 1920s, oil and gas companies have built massive fortunes off this region, resulting in a high demand for truckers to transport massive shipments. But the boom in profits from this region has resulted in multiple serious and fatal trucking accidents throughout the years.
Injuries sustained in a Permian Basin trucking accident can be catastrophic, and you and your loved ones should not have to suffer because of corporate greed. You may feel devastated after an accident, and the thought of pursuing legal action may be the last thing on your mind, but if negligent actions on behalf of Permian Basin trucking companies caused your injuries, then they should provide proper compensation.
Holding Truck Drivers & Companies Accountable
Medical bills, property damage, emotional trauma – all these losses are drastically increased in a trucking accident. When a frac sand truck crashes into a family SUV or an oil truck overturns in front of a motorcyclist, the chances of catastrophic injuries become unquestionable. But what may not be clear to most victims is who is at fault. A trucking accident in the Permian Basin is connected to multiple parties, all of which may have some fault in causing the collision.
- Drivers: With long stretches of roads ahead of them and the demands of massive corporations at their heels, trucking drivers have many opportunities to drive negligently or recklessly. They may speed, become fatigued, abuse drugs to stay awake, or become distracted by texting or eating – all while transporting hazardous material. Whatever the reason behind their actions, they have a duty to protect other drivers and follow all federal and state regulations.
- Trucking Companies: Trucking companies are profit-driven machines that have capitalized on the oil and gas boom in Texas and New Mexico. Because these corporations are driven to maximize their profits, they are extra motivated to cut corners and push their drivers to their limits. To ensure they have enough drivers they may rush a background check for substance abuse and put a reckless driver on the road. Or they might not provide proper training for new drivers, setting them up for failure.
- Oil or Gas Companies: Sometimes oil and gas companies will hire independent truck drivers directly to fulfill their transportation needs. In these scenarios, they take on the same level of liability as the trucking company and share the same dangerous practices.
- Mechanics: Even if a truck driver is fully capable of driving and the trucking company follows every regulation, there is still the risk of mechanical failure. 18-wheelers and big-rigs put thousands of miles under their tires in short periods of time, causing massive wear and tear to their tires and brakes. Consistent maintenance and repair are required to ensure they are fully operational and safe to drive at all times. If a mechanic cuts corners to complete a repair quickly or is not as thorough in an inspection, the ramifications can be deadly.
Even if it makes the case more complicated, if any segment of the trucking industry had a hand in your injuries or the death of a loved one, they should be held accountable for their actions. And to do that, you will need experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at your side to ensure not a single detail is missed. Immediately after a trucking accident, our legal team works to gather evidence that illustrates who was at fault for the incident.
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