San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer at Herrera Law Firm Comments about Plan to Lower Speed Limits in Texas Drilling Areas

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Jorge Herrera, an experienced truck accident attorney at The Herrera Law Firm, Inc., weighs in on ways to combat rising accident rates in the wake of the state’s drilling boom.

Between 2009 and 2013, statistics obtained by the Texas Department of Transportation indicate that fatal accidents involving trucks and other commercial vehicles have spiked more than 240 percent in drilling areas across south and west Texas.

Commenting on a recent Texas Tribune article detailing efforts by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to adopt rules reducing speed limits at drilling sites across Texas, attorney Jorge Herrera today stressed the importance of addressing safety concerns in drilling areas known to present a hazard to drivers.

Herrera, an attorney with experience handling fatal truck accident cases at The Herrera Law Firm, based his comments on a December 2 article, “Lower Speed Limits Coming in Drilling Areas.” The article details an emergency rule change giving the Department of Transportation the right to bypass its normal review process and reduce speed limits by up to 12 miles per hour on some roads within four weeks.

“Between 2009 and 2013, statistics obtained by the Texas Department of Transportation indicate that fatal accidents involving trucks and other commercial vehicles have spiked more than 240 percent in drilling areas across south and west Texas,” said Herrera. “That’s why it’s so important to address speeding concerns on some of the area’s most dangerous roads. The time to act is now.”

According to the Texas Tribune, the change allows the TxDOT to decrease speed limits by up to 12 miles per hour on two-lane, two-way roads less than 24 feet wide and part of the state highway system. Due to increased traffic on such roads, the Texas Tribune reports that crash rates on rural roadways in drilling areas are up to three times higher than accident rates in non-drilling areas across the state.

The Texas Tribune article indicates that the TxDOT would enforce a number of speed limit reductions in the Eagle Ford Shale region. Statistics obtained by the Texas Tribune reveal a 247 percent change in fatal accidents involving commercial vehicles between 2009, when 15 deaths were reported, and 2013, when 52 were reported.

“The Herrera Law Firm has seen firsthand how dangerous truck accidents are in Texas,” said attorney Frank Herrera Jr., who founded Herrera Law Firm in 1983. “Our firm takes these cases very seriously. Statistics show that commercial vehicle accidents have risen astronomically in Texas, despite the fact that there are rules and regulations dictating the conduct of commercial vehicle operators and companies operating in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin regions. More work needs to be done to protect the public. Negligent drivers and trucking companies must be held accountable for their behavior when they cause a catastrophic, potentially fatal accident.”

About The Herrera Law Firm
Founded in 1983, The Herrera Law Firm has successfully represented thousands of individuals and families who have been dealt catastrophic blows due to personal injuries from nursing home abuse and neglect, oil field accidents, car accidents, tractor-trailer truck accidents, construction accidents, workplace injuries, dangerous drugs and defective medical device injuries. The law firm’s mission is to rectify the wrongs committed against its clients so that they can regain their dignity, rebuild their lives, and reclaim financial stability. The Herrera Law Firm is located at 111 Soledad St, Suite 1900, San Antonio, TX 78205.

If you or a loved one was injured, or you lost a loved one in an accident and need legal help, call (210) 224-1054 or visit http://www.herreralaw.com.

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