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Marcellus Shale accidents prompt call for safety summit

West Virginia readers may be aware that the boom in hydraulic fracturing—known as fracking—has brought along with it an increase in the number of highway accident. This is true both in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where work on the Marcellus Shale has caused an increase in the number of large trucks on the road. Many of these accidents involve individual drivers and independent contractors in the oil industry.

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers, Sen. Tim Solobay and Rep. Pam Snyder, recently called for a summit to explore the issue of truck safety in response to the increase in fracking accidents. The situation is a tough one, because of the positive economic growth brought about by increased drilling activity. These lawmakers, and others who share their feelings, are concerned about the public safety threat, though.

According to sources, the trucking associated with the Marcellus Shale has been a concern since 2008, when PennDOT posted over 3,000 miles of road to handle the increase in traffic and wear and tear associated with Marcellus Shale work. With the increase in activity in the industry, it is understandable that there would be an increase in roadway accidents. A certain number of these crashes, though, are avoidable.

West Virginia drivers who are harmed because of the recklessness or negligence of a large truck driver have the right to be compensated for their losses. Pursuing damages from a trucking company is not always a walk in the park, though, and it can help to work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: Pittsburgh Business Times, “Marcellus Shale trucking takes toll on roads,” Anya Litvak, Dec. 24, 2014. 

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