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Oil and Gas Truckers Face Danger at Every Turn

New oil and gas wells have sprung up in the past several years all across the country. While many of these wells have provided an economic boom to those areas this industry growth has come at a cost.

Over the past ten years, more than 300 oil and gas workers have died in highway crashes while operating a work vehicle, mostly trucks. These workers tend to work long, tedious hours and as such, can become severely fatigued. Fatigue is known to be a significant factor in commercial vehicle accidents. When operating heavy trucks used in drilling operations while fatigued, resulting accident almost always results in serious consequences.

Frequently these fatigue-related accidents for oil and gas truckers are preventable, but the industry tends to act in the opposite interest of its employees' safety. Often, companies will allow drivers to operate a vehicle after the 14-hour federal limit for a shift or a company vehicle will be in a state of disrepair that lends itself to an accident. Employees may feel obligated to go along with these unsafe practices for fear of losing their jobs in the current tough economic climate. In some instances, employers actually encourage their employees to falsify documentation by stating that they have rested so that they may continue to work while presenting the facade of adherence to the rules.

Employers have a responsibility to create a safe work environment for their employees and abide by the laws that govern their industry. Any business practices which oppose this duty not only create a danger for the workers themselves, but also to anyone who may share the roads with these fatigued truckers. Both employees and non-employees of the oil and gas industry are suffering injury, and even death due to the unsafe work practices of these companies.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a fatigued trucker or has been injured as a fatigued trucker, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney to explore your legal options.

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