Marcellus Shale Truck Accidents
Western and Central Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Trucks
Living or travelling through Western or Central PA means you're familiar with Marcellus Shale fracking. Many have weighed in on the environmental effects of fracking, but you may not be aware of another potential danger: truck accidents.
Semi trucks and tractor-trailers are constantly hauling sand, water, and other chemicals to these massive drill sites. These trucks are required to take back roads to reach the undeveloped areas suitable for drilling – roads not meant for the heavy traffic associated with semi trucks.
One study estimates that over 2,000 trucks are required to operate one drill site. It breaks down like this:
- Pad Development – 300 to 400 Trucks
- Drilling Operation – 150 to 200 Trucks
- Fracking Operation – 800 to 1,000 Trucks
- Reclaim/Clean-Up – 40 to 50 Trucks
Road Deterioration From Marcellus Shale Trucks
Weighing over 40 to 50 tons, these semi trucks and tractor-trailers are driving on roads not meant to accommodate their weight and size. Driving big trucks along these country roads and back lanes is putting truck drivers and motorists at risk.
Truck accidents could be caused by any of the following issues:
- Big Trucks on Narrow Roads
- Road Damage From Marcellus Shale Trucks
- Truck Safety Violations
- Bad Weather Conditions
Washington County has over 800 Marcellus Shale wells, Greene County has over 550, Westmoreland County has over 230 – the list goes on.
While these truck drivers are professionals, it's impossible to account for roads that were never designed to withstand the punishment of semi truck traffic. If you combine improper roads with tight fracking deadlines, large equipment loads, and other motorists, it's a recipe for disaster.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Massive trucks, big rigs, and semis can cause serious damage when they're involved in an accident. Even the best, most careful drivers can still be involved in an accident.
Some of the most common truck accident injuries are:
Injured From a Marcellus Shale Truck? We Can Help
Our law firm has been handling truck accidents for over 35 years. We have the resources to fight large fracking corporations and massive insurance companies that want to squash your injury claim. Don't fight them alone. We can help.
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"Externalities of Shales: Road Damage." EnergyPolicyForum.com. April 1, 2013.
"Marcellus Shale industry obliged to repair state roads." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 22, 2011.
"Marcellus truck traffic not kind to Pa. roads." Pressconnects.com. May 3, 2010.