Not long ago, we discussed at length the danger associated with working in the oil and gas industry in Texas. One of the more compelling sections of that article dealt with the surprising frequency that motor vehicle accidents occur in the industry -- and how those types of workplace accidents seem to be on the rise.
The data, which was published by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, uncovered a significant fact about motor vehicle accidents in the oil and gas industry: yes, they are on the rise, but more importantly, they are very often fatal.
Let's dive in to some of the data:
- The number of motor vehicle accidents among oil and gas employees jumped 60 percent in 2011 and another 41 percent in 2012.
This is definitely a disturbing trend; any increase in accidents is significant, but a jump of this magnitude is really quite astonishing. It makes one wonder what could be behind such an increase. Is it because companies are pushing their employees too hard? Are they working long hours with not enough sleep and making careless mistakes behind the wheel?
- About 13 percent of industry accidents were motor vehicle accidents, but 60 percent of all fatalities were in motor vehicle accidents.
This figure is the most stunning. If one type of accident was happening barely 10 percent of the time but was resulting in more than half of all fatal accidents, shouldn't something be done about it? That would seem logical, but it isn't clear yet what will be done.
Regardless of how someone is injured while working in the oil and gas industry, they owe it to themselves to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help them navigate their case.