New Research Indicates that Oilfield Workers Also at Higher Risk of Car Accidents
Being hurt on the job for an oilfield employee is certainly a risk that most workers are aware of. However, new research indicates that these employees may also be at higher risk of being hurt in a fatal car accident. The oil industry is filled with workers who tend to be male and young while also working long hours driving pickup trucks across rural highways in the states in which oilfield drilling is becoming more popular.
Car Accidents a Leading Cause of Injuries
A recent study identified that gas and oil workers are 8 and a half times more likely to die in car accidents while on their job than individuals who work in other industries. Texas is home to more than one-third of the oilfield workers who were killed in car crashes on the job between 2003 and 2009.
The research study was published in Accident Analysis and Prevention and was created with data pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, identifying more than 200 oil and gas extraction employees died in car accidents between 2003 and 2009. This included individuals working for well service companies, drilling contractors, and operators but excluded landmen or other employee categories. In total, car crashes accounted for 28% of all work-related deaths for individuals working in that industry. Only individuals working in warehousing and transportation had higher rates of vehicle associated fatalities.
More than half of these fatalities involved a pickup truck, which does not require that the driver maintain commercial driver's license. If you have recently been injured in an oilfield accident, you need to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been involved in such an accident , there are complicated legal issues at play and these should be evaluated by an experienced oilfield accident lawyer . The right attorney can help you figure out the best way to approach your case in order to maximize compensation.
While working on an offshore drilling rig or an in oilfield is always going to carry some level for risk, being aware of the most dangerous situations and applying extra caution while traveling to and from the worksite could help prevent accidents or even save your life. If another person’s negligence is behind the injuries you have sustained, consulting with an attorney can help you determine your next steps in terms of filing a personal injury claim.