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According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 3400 people killed in fatal auto crashes in the state of Texas in 2007. Of these fatalities, nearly ten percent were the result of accidents involving “large trucks”, as defined by the NHTSA. Although some auto accidents are the result of factors beyond the control of drivers, most accidents involve some form of negligence. In the case of accidents involving semis, 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks, however, the type of negligence present may be more difficult to detect. Intoxication Not Typically the Cause of…
A fire at the Torrence Refining Co. has nearby residents on edge as local firefighters begin to investigate the incident. Three dozen firefighters responded to the call on Saturday morning after reports of an oil refinery explosion. According to officials, they were able to extinguish the blaze in 30 minutes. The fire and possible explosion are a cause for concern because the former Exxon Mobil refinery has been the site of several incidents over the past few years. Protests from residents have formed in past due to safety and environmental issues. A major explosion occurred at the refinery two years ago…
Webb County Judge, Tano Tijerina has withdrawn his support for a proposed new oil refinery near Hebbronville due to environmental concerns. Tijerina originally supported the project but has since changed his mind after spending over a year with more questions than answers about the project. The oil company, Raven Petroleum, is the company seeking permission to build a $500 million dollar refinery that would export gasoline, diesel and other products by rail to Mexico. Groups have already formed to protest the refinery to protect the environment and the safety of the grounds. Raven Petroleum has asked Austin-based geothermal company Thermal Energy Partners
Many accidents happen along the highways of Texas, and far too often they involve semi-trucks. These large vehicles leave the others involved with little chance of getting out injury free. Some of them carry hazardous materials making it even more dangerous for those involved. Recent Semi-Truck Accidents In Texas Last week, a fatal semi-truck accident occurred along Highway 21. The semi truck collided with a passenger vehicle, killing the driver of the vehicle. According to the sheriff’s office, both vehicles were on fire when they arrived at the scene. The Brazos County Volunteer Precinct 4 Fire Department and the Bryan Fire Department…
Offshore drilling can have detrimental effects on the environment. As a result of the horrific Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, along with many other oil spills in the U.S.’s history, new rules and regulations on offshore oil and gas drilling have been issued in an attempt to make the practice safer. New Offshore Drilling Regulation Back in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon explosion was caused by the buckling of a section of drill pipe, causing what was supposed to be a fail-safe blowout preventer to malfunction.Environmentalists believe that bigger issues reside in a broader breakdown in oversight by the drilling companies and…
Unfortunately, helicopters crash far too often. Many reasons are unknown until an official investigation is completed. Passengers involved in a deadly helicopter accident that occurred last week over Lake Wallace have been identified as a Center, Texas couple. The aircraft was reportedly headed for Center, Texas when it ended up in the south side of Wallace Lake in DeSoto Parish in Louisiana. The husband was also the pilot of their privately owned helicopter, and the couple was apparently out for a routine flight. According to sources, they wanted to take a trip out to a nice dinner on Valentine’s day. The wreckage was…
Throughout the years, Texas has been known for its massive oil industry and oil production. Although the oil industry has created thousands of jobs, it is a very dangerous line of work. There are many incidents that could happen at any time. Understanding the dangers of the job can help you prevent them if you’re working on an oil refinery. Why Are Oil Refineries So Dangerous? There are 141 oil refineries in the United States. These refineries stretch east and south of Houston, south of Los Angeles and northeast of San Fransisco. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has reported more…
Getting in an accident with a semi-truck can not only result in major injuries, but can also be pain to deal with. If you’ve been in a collision with a commercial vehicle, not only do you have to deal with the driver, but you have to deal with the company of the driver as well. This can make proving the driver was at fault difficult. This article will discuss the best way to prove that the semi truck driver was at fault, ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve after an accident. Texas Laws For Semi Truck Drivers The…
Commercial semi-truck drivers are subject to a number of specific laws and regulations. Because semi-truck drivers must drive huge trucks that can cause serious accidents, some states enact extra laws for drivers to follow. In Texas there are several laws placed on commercial drivers in order to keep roads and highways safer. Not following these laws can lead to loss of their commercial license. Texas Laws Semi-truck drivers must pass a drug test before they are hired. They are also randomly drug tested as preventative measure. Semi-truck drivers must be 21-years-old to operate the truck or receive a commercial license.…
Weather can have a major impact on how a helicopter handles its flight. Bad weather conditions can jeopardize the safety of a helicopter, so it’s important for pilots to be aware of the conditions that can make flying dangerous. A safe flight requires good weather conditions, but weather can change quickly, so it is also important for pilots to take extra precautions if and when bad weather hits. Fog, Rain, and Snow Fog, rain and snow can affect a pilot’s visibility, making it very dangerous to fly in. It’s safest to avoid flying in these conditions all together, so pilots and…