West Virginia is a state that is experiencing an influx in truck accidents, possible due in part to the increased amount of fracking. The oil and natural gas production in the state have roads and interstates blocked with trucks and equipment haulers related to the fracking business. This highway congestion has also led to an increase in fatal and serious truck accidents.
A recent study has found that since 2004, states that have had a "fracking boom" have seen traffic fatalities quadruple. This includes an increase in such deaths in West Virginia. Oil companies have acknowledged that their trucks and equipment haulers have caused problems. They claim that they are taking proactive steps to alleviate the problem. However, the state has seen fatal car accidents increase by 42 percent in the counties with the most drilling.
Last year, two young West Virginia boys were killed when they were involved in an accident with a tanker truck. While not every serious accident is caused by fracking trucks, there is a considerable amount of evidence pointing to the likelihood that this industry poses a risk to ordinary motorists. When these accidents take place, such as the one involving the two boys, it is possible that the oil or gas companies could be held liable for damages.
It is always tragic when avoidable truck accidents cause fatalities. If any of these accidents are connected with specific drilling companies, families and victims could explore the option for financial compensation. Any time a wrongful death or personal injury claim is filed, it should be backed by substantial evidence that validates the claims of the victims.
Source: pennlive.com, "Hidden costs of fracking: Spike in traffic deaths where trucks, drilling equipment choke streets", , May 6, 2014