Midland-Odessa Truck Accident Lawyers
Undefeated Texas Truck & 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers
Because of the success that we’ve achieved for truck accident victims and their families, our law firm was also recently selected as one of the Best Personal Injury Law Firms in the United States.
Our reputation for winning record-setting recoveries, along with our unparalleled commitment to our clients, are just two of the many reasons why truck and 18-wheeler accident victims across Midland, Odessa, Pecos and the Permian Basin continuously turn to our Truck and 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers after being injured or tragically killed in truck and 18-wheeler accidents.
#1 Largest Truck, 18 Wheeler Accident and Wrongful Death Recoveries in Texas
Having successfully represents hundreds of oilfield, truck accident, and wrongful death victims across Texas and the United States, our truck accident lawyers have the experience and resources to hold reckless trucking and oilfield companies accountable so that our clients and their families have the financial resources to care for themselves for the rest of their lives.
Inexperienced Truck Drivers are Rushing to Midland and the Permian Basin
West Texas is home to the hottest oilfield in the world: the Permian Basin.
Because of recent technological advances and its unique geology, oil companies in the Permian can now drill farther into the earth for cheaper than ever.
As a result, oil companies are still able to squeeze out profits, even when the price of oil drops.
That’s why some of the world’s largest oil companies, including BP and ExxonMobil, are spending billions to get a foothold in west Texas.
To maximize their profits, however, drillers must pull as much oil from the ground as quickly as they can. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough experienced oilfield workers in the Permian Basin to meet their needs.
Because of the manpower shortage, west Texas oilfield jobs now command six-figure salaries. That’s attracted thousands of people – including former police officers, school bus drivers, and restaurant workers – to the industry for the very first time.
In many cases, these new workers are being rushed to the fields without adequate training to perform their jobs safely. To make matters even worse, they’re putting in extremely long hours, often to the point of exhaustion.
Oilfield work has always been dangerous, and the Permian Basin boom has only made things worse. With so many oil companies pushing an inexperienced workforce to the limit, west Texas is seeing more truck and 18-wheeler crashes and oilfield accidents than ever before.
Midland’s Roads are the Most Dangerous in the United States Due to the Permian Basin Drilling Boom
With drilling in the Permian Basin at record levels, oilfield operators are aggressively hiring truck and 18-wheeler drivers to transport equipment and supplies to and from drilling sites in and around Midland/Odessa, Monahans, Pecos and other West-Texas cities.
Because the demand for experienced drivers far exceeds the supply, many of the “new” drivers are untrained, over-worked, and fatigued, resulting in a drastic increase in the number of fatal and catastrophic truck and 18-wheeler accidents on West-Texas roads.
In 2019, for example, 102 people died in truck and 18 wheeler accidents on the Texas side of the Permian Basin, representing a 43% increase in wrongful death fatalities since 2017.
And these tragic statistics are only going up: West Texas experienced a 17% increase in fatal truck and 18-wheeler crashes compared to the same period a year earlier.
As a result, Route 285 – the infamous “Death Highway” – is now one of the three most dangerous highways in the United States, with over 10,000 trucks and 18-wheelers using it to transport equipment and supplies everyday.
Causes of Truck Accidents in West Texas
Thousands of people from across Texas and the United States have moved to West Texas in response to the above-market wages that oilfield owners and operators are paying for drivers who meet the basic physical requirements needed to obtain their Texas Commercial Drivers License.
Not only do these new drivers have little to no experience driving commercial trucks and 18-wheelers, but they’re being forced to drive well beyond the maximum number of daily driving hours permitted under Federal law in trucks that haven’t been properly inspected, serviced and maintained.
One of the primary reasons for the surge in unqualified and inexperienced drivers is that, despite the $120k + salaries being offered to West Texas truck drivers, very few experienced drivers returned to oilfield jobs after oil prices crashed in 2014.
As a result, oil and gas companies are turning to fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, and construction sites to search for new drivers. The candidates are significantly younger, have no experience behind the wheel of a large commercial vehicle, and are much more willing to drive over 15 hours each day (which is a violation of Texas and Federal law) in exchange for substantially larger salaries.
Because these “new” drivers are inexperienced and overworked, they’re much more likely to make serious—and often fatal—errors while behind the wheel.
Overworked, Fatigued, and Intoxicated Truck Drivers
Although Texas and Federal law only allow truck drivers to drive a total of 11 hours after spending 10 hours “off-duty,” it’s not uncommon for Permian Basin drivers to work 15 to 20 hour days for weeks at a time.
Because these drivers are chronically fatigued, they have substantially reduced reaction times and, according to a recent study by AAA, are more impaired behind the wheel than a legally drunk driver with a .10 blood-alcohol level.
A number of Permian Basin truck drivers are even relying on illegal drugs, like cocaine and methamphetamines, to stay awake for 20+ hours at a time.
Poor Vehicle Maintenance
Due to constant use, infrequent inspections, and poor road conditions, the trucks and 18-wheelers traveling to and from West Texas oilfields experience much more wear and tear and require more frequent service and maintenance.
Since taking a truck out of service costs the oil company time and money, the trucks end up staying on the road with safety and mechanical hazards that render them in violation of Texas and federal safety laws.
Oil Companies Will do Anything to Avoid Responsibility After a Crash
There are few industries where “profits over safety” is more pronounced than in the oilfield. As a result, oilfield owners and operators will do just about anything to avoid responsibility after seriously injuring or tragically killing other passengers on the road.
Many companies, for example, train drivers to blame the accident victim at the scene, even when it’s clear that their own actions caused the crash.
Trucking companies are also notorious for destroying or losing driving logs, training records, and other important evidence in an effort to prevent crash victims from proving that the trucking company and their drivers were at fault.
You may also receive a call from the truck company’s insurance rep or “claims adjuster” after the crash, who will usually promise to “take care of you and your family” and “make things right.” No matter what they say, remember that their only goal is to avoid responsibility for the crash by paying you and your family pennies on the dollar for your injuries and damages.
An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer is Often the Difference between a $50,000 and a $5,000,000 Recovery
What many people don’t realize, however, is that truck and 18-wheeler accidents are nothing like ordinary car accidents.
Not only are the trucking companies able to spend substantial amounts of money hiring teams of lawyers to defend them, but the lawsuits are also much more complex. The slightest mistake by the injured party or their lawyers can have significant consequences that can lead to the lawsuit being dismissed without any recovery or, if the case proceeds, greatly reduce the amount of damages the injured party is able to recover.
That’s why it’s so critical that you hire an Experienced Truck and Oilfield Accident Lawyer with a proven track-record against the largest trucking companies in the United States.
Undefeated Midland Truck Accident Attorneys with Billions Won for Truck and 18 Wheeler Accident Victims: Call 1-888-603-3636 or Click Here for a Free Consultation
In addition to being Undefeated, our Texas 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers have recovered Billions of Dollars and the #1 largest truck accident verdicts and settlements in history on behalf of oilfield, truck accident, and wrongful death victims across West Texas and the United States.
If you or a loved one were injured or tragically killed in a truck or 18-wheeler accident, call 1-888-603-3636, click the “chat now” button, or click here to send us a confidential email through our “Contact Us” form.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers will answer your questions, explain your rights and options, and make sure you have the information you need to decide what’s best for you and your family.
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