Oilfield vehicle drivers hold one of the most important jobs in the oil and gas industry. Unfortunately, oil tanker operation and oilfield truck driving are among the most dangerous occupations in the industry, making up more than 18% of all oil and gas worker fatalities.
Many times, oilfield vehicle and tanker accidents aren’t the driver’s fault. Negligent oil companies and contractors who fail to comply with vehicle safety requirements, provide insufficient driver training, allow extended driving shifts and fail to properly maintain and repair vehicles cause thousands of truck driver injuries and deaths each year.
But most oil companies will never admit responsibility for your injuries, and costly medical bills along with lost wages during recovery from your injuries can add up quickly.
Workers compensation rarely covers enough to get you back on your feet. An oilfield driving injury lawsuit is usually the only way to ensure you achieve full financial recovery.
Our Corpus Christi -based oilfield trucking injury lawyers work diligently to secure the maximum financial compensation for injured oilfield truck drivers and their families, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Licensed in Texas and North Dakota, we represent CDL drivers, oilfield truck drivers, frac sand haulers, water haulers fuel truck drivers and equipment movers working across the Eagle Ford, Bakken, Haynesville Bossier and Barnett plays.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an oilfield trucking accident, contact Williams Attorneys PLLC today for a free, confidential, no obligation case consultation.
What Financial Compensation Is Available for Injured Oilfield Truck Drivers?
Financial compensation can’t heal your suffering, but confidence in your financial future can help ease the recovery process after an oil truck driver accident. In addition, winning a lawsuit against an oil and gas company giant makes all oil and gas companies and safety policy lawmakers take note and hopefully improve the working conditions for their truck drivers.
For these reasons, most injured oilfield vehicle operators and truck drivers chose to file a personal injury lawsuit. Successful oilfield truck driver lawsuits can secure much more than workers’ compensation claims, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Permanent disability / disfigurement
- Back pay and lost wages
- Compensation for emotional distress
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Loss of future earnings
- Punitive / exemplary damages
If you have lost a loved one in an oil tanker accident or oilfield vehicle collision, you may be able to collect wrongful death compensation. Family members of deceased oilfield truck drivers and other industry vehicle operators can collect financial compensation for:
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of quality of life
- Consortium / loss of companionship
- Deceased pain and suffering
To obtain the maximum compensation for an oilfield driving accident, oil and gas company drivers must retain an aggressive oilfield truck driver injury attorney with a solid track record in oil and gas company litigation, extensive investigative resources, and proven legal strategy.
What Types of Oilfield Trucking Injuries Qualify for Compensation?
When petrochemical transport employers ignore important safety regulations or cut corners on vehicle repair and maintenance, oil and gas transportation accidents can lead to severe, life threatening injuries.
At Williams Attorneys PLLC, we have seen numerous devastating oilfield truck driver and tanker operator injuries, including:
- Bone fractures
- Chemical burns
- First, second and third-degree burns
- Loss of limbs
- Lung scarring / respiratory illness
- Spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neurological damage
Oilfield drivers may fall or be crushed while maintaining, repairing, loading or unloading their trucks. Imbalanced loads can cause dangerous truck turnovers. Driver fatigue causes many oilfield vehicle and tanker accidents. Highly-flammable material leaks can cause explosions when trucks are involved in even minor collisions. Many oil truck drivers are injured during falls from their vehicles or loading equipment.
When truck driver’s employer’s negligence contributes to an injury, that company must pay the driver financial compensation. Petrochemical companies may act with negligence in various ways, including:
- Failing to comply with federal and state vehicle safety regulations
- Performing substandard vehicle maintenance
- Failing to provide functional personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Failing to provide proper oilfield driver training
- Allowing underqualified or inexperienced drivers to operate vehicles
- Performing insufficient truck repairs
- Permitting driving shifts longer than 14 hours
- Pressuring drivers to complete transport without regular breaks
- Using outdated, damaged vehicles or equipment
Federal and state vehicle safety and hazardous material transport rules regulate all oil and gas industry vehicles, including equipment haulers, service trucks, sand trucks, oil tankers, hot oil trucks, swab rigs, vacuum trucks, frac water haulers, winch trucks and service vehicles.
What Can Our Texas and North Dakota-Based Oilfield Injury Lawyers Do for You?
We level the playing field against all high-power oil and gas company defense teams.
Our oilfield driver injury attorneys work on contingency, meaning you pay no fees or costs unless we win your claim. We represent truck drivers injured in North Dakota, Texas and across the U.S.