Oil and gas pipeline work is extremely dangerous – particularly in Texas. According to the National Wildlife Federation, since 2000 the state has been tied with New Mexico for the most pipeline accident fatalities in the country. In that time, there have been over 500 pipeline accidents around the state, resulting in 15 deaths and 60 injuries.
Common Causes of Pipeline Accidents
According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, one of the leading causes of pipeline accidents is the corrosion of pipes – a problem that can cause major oil spills and work shutdowns. Many gas and oil pipeline accidents also occur when equipment, pipe material or valves fail.
Pipeline Accident Injuries
When a pipeline accident occurs, workers may suffer from injuries such as severe burns, broken bones and brain injuries. Many of these injuries are caused by explosions, fires and exposure to hazardous materials.
An Attorney Can Help
If you or someone you love has suffered injury in an oil or gas pipeline accident, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. A lawyer with experience handling oil and gas pipeline injury claims can assess your case and help you get the compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.