Trucks Used in Fracking IndustrySan Antonio, TX- Five people were killed in early January when the van they were riding in slammed into the rear of a tanker truck in the Eagle Ford Shale area south of San Antonio.

The accident occurred just after 8 a.m. (CT) on Thursday, January 15th, and involved a total of four vehicles. State trooper Maria Loredo told Reuters that a passenger truck stopped to make a left turn into a business when it was struck by an oil tanker.

Loredo said the tanker truck driver attempted to avoid colliding with the lead truck and made evasive maneuvers, causing the driver to lose control. The tanker overturned but remained in the roadway that’s when it was struck by two vehicles which burst into flames upon impact.

Five men who were passengers in the third vehicle were killed. Loredo said that the driver of the fourth vehicle suffered burns on 85 percent of his body and is in critical condition.

The fracking boom is great for the economy, but there has been a consequence of all of this drilling an s that is an increase of fatal traffic accidents.

In an analysis of the traffic fatalities in six states where fracking is a growing industry, the Associated Press found that fatal traffic accidents have quadrupled. Those states include Texas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and West Virginia.

According to the AP analysis, in the 21 Texas counties where fracking has expanded traffic deaths per 100,000 people have increased by 18 percent. For the state as a whole, traffic fatalities are down. The AP reported that Texas drilling region, motorists were 2.5 times more likely to be involve in a fatal traffic accident.

Fracking is a process that extracts natural gas by flooding bedrock with thousands of gallons of chemicals and other fluids. All of those fluids and chemicals must be brought via tankers and because of the lobbying power of the oil and gas industry, these truck drivers are not beholden to the same regulations as the rest of the commercial trucking industry.

Specifically, truck drivers working in drilling don’t have to conform to the same hours-of-service rules. In the oil and drilling industry, traffic accidents are the most common cause of death.

As for the Eagle Ford Shale accident, the cause of this accident is not as cut and dry. It appears that the actions of more than driver played a role in this collision. This is often the case in truck accidents so victims are encourage to retain a truck accident attorney in San Antonio to assist them with their injury claim.

Truck accident victims need someone on their side who will protect their interests and make certain their rights are respected. Our team of outstanding San Antonio truck accident attorneys understand how troubling this time if for you and your family and will devote their time and expertise to your case, assuring you get the settlement you so richly deserve.