August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, oil production in the United States during 2012 averaged a whopping 6.4 million barrels per day - an average that is projected to increase to 7.3 million barrels per day this year. Interestingly, a significant portion of this increase can be attributed to the expansion of shale oil extraction in the U.S., particularly shale oil production in areas of Texas.
However, in the wake of this recent Texas oil boom, many companies are finding themselves scrambling to find qualified truck drivers to meet the demands of increased oil production. In fact, according to a recent report by the Abilene Reporter-News, at least 60,000 additional trucks were needed last year due to the growth of shale oil production alone.
Hopefully, as Texas companies hastily fill these trucker positions, they continue to ensure that all potential candidates are qualified and avoid negligent hiring
practices, or even worse, permit poorly maintained - and dangerous - trucks on Texas roads. After all, if a recent inspection initiative by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is any indication, Texas roadways are already rife with potentially unsafe and badly maintained trucks.
During a three-day inspection effort conducted earlier this summer, DPS
examined more than 9,200 commercial vehicles, which included 18-wheelers. Unfortunately, roughly 21 percent of all vehicles inspected were placed out of service due to various safety violations - including violations related to brakes and defective lighting.
In addition, an alarming 248 drivers were placed out of service due to incompliance with state and federal laws. Driver infractions ranged from improperly maintained driver logs to driving over the permitted number of hours. Thankfully, state officials were able to identify these potentially dangerous situations before a trucking accident actually occurred.
Potential liability following a trucking accident
When trucking accidents do tragically occur, lives can be changed forever as severe injuries or even deaths are common. However, those impacted by trucking accidents need to know that remedies may exist to hold responsible parties liable for their actions. For instance, if a trucking company fails to adequately maintain a truck or routinely fails to test a truck's brakes or lights, it may be liable for any resulting trucking accident.
Moreover, trucking companies may be held liable in situations in which they negligently hire unqualified drivers. This can include circumstances in which the trucking company hires a driver:
- Who has a history/record of traffic and criminal infractions.
- Who has been involved in past trucking accidents.
- Who has a history of drug use.
Importantly, the remedies available following a trucking accident often depend on the facts of the case, which is why it is generally best to seek the counsel of an experienced trucking accident injury attorney if you are the victim of a trucking accident. A knowledgeable attorney can examine the facts of your case and help ensure your rights are protected.
Article provided by Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C.
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