It’s difficult to overstate the danger inherent in working in a Lubbock, Texas oilfield; oil work is a difficult profession dealing with dangerous chemicals and sometimes difficult conditions. The inherent danger, combined with an oil and gas boom in which companies are trying to squeeze ever-larger profits out of each worker means there have been numerous accidents in Lubbock oilfields, leading to a great number of injuries and even some fatalities.
As the time draws near for Texans to enjoy a great day of summer fun celebrating our country’s independence this Fourth of July, we here at the Liggett Law Group would like to remind you that it’s everyone’s responsibility to make this holiday as safe as possible.
For the most part, governments at every level, including federal, state, and municipal, are technically protected against personal injury claims that occur on their property under a doctrine called the sovereign immunity rule, which basically means a person can’t sue the government for injuries caused by its employees or which were incurred on its properties. Basically, since we technically own the government, we can’t sue ourselves.
Though their investigation is not complete, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 10 have said that investigators looking into the tragic derailment of an Amtrak train that left eight people dead and more than 200 injured last month near Philadelphia was not using his cell phone to either make a phone call or send a text at the time of the accident.
The oil industry in Lubbock and throughout the state of Texas has always been one of the most dangerous industries anywhere, and as the current oil and gas boom continues, the risk of catastrophic accidents continues unabated. Unfortunately, the increase in demand has created a belief that profits trump worker safety, so the overall safety record of the industry has taken a hit, even as its profits have risen., and Texas oil refinery explosions have occurred.
As recent tragedy in Florida should remind parents in Texas, there are very few things in life worse than holding a funeral for your small child. Yet, it happens all too often, and it’s not always from a terrible illness. For example, a few weeks ago, a seven-year-old boy was killed because of an electrical problem with a light in the family’s swimming pool.
According to predictions from AAA Texas, nearly three million people will take to Texas roadways this Memorial Day weekend, from Thursday May 21 through Monday, May 25, and drive at least 50 miles from home. That number represents a five percent increase over last year’s holiday travel numbers, because of much lower gas prices and strong employment numbers.
Though a lot of weather events can happen in Texas, one thing is always certain; the summer will be either hot and dry or hot and sticky, depending on where you live in the state, And either way, you will be looking to water for relief, which means many Texans will clog the roads to get to the many waterways in the state, including lakes, rivers and beaches. That means it’s time to remind you that it’s always necessary to be extra safe when playing in, on or around the water.