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The U.S. plays an essential role in commerce, and commercial trucking contributes to Texas’ economy.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets regulations for trucking companies to ensure safe driving practices by drivers and their employers. Oil companies are not subject to some safety regulations, which allow them to drive with less rest than commercial truck drivers.

Our lawyers can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in a collision with a commercial motor vehicle.

Our truck accident attorneys have represented injured people in Texas for many years. We would love to hear from you. Call us today for a free consultation and advice on your best legal options.

Why are there oil tanker truck accidents?

FMCSA regulations regarding driver fatigue mandate that drivers get as little rest as possible between shifts. The FMCSA creates regulations to ensure drivers get enough rest between shifts. This helps keep roads safer and prevents them from being overworked.

The FMCSA requirements are:

  • After 14 hours of continuous work, drivers must take a break. This includes any work that is not related to driving.
  • Only 11 hours are allowed for drivers who transport property or goods.
  • Drivers must have previously slept for at least 10 hours before they can drive 11 consecutive hours.
  • Drivers must adhere to the rest standard and be able to drive within 8 hours after an off-duty or sleeping period of no less than 30 minutes.
  • It is illegal to exceed the 60/70-hour driving limit. Drivers can resume their driving time clock after having at least 34 hours of rest.

Oil service drivers were granted exemptions at the request of the oil and natural gas industry in the 1960s. It is much easier for oil service drivers to work longer hours because they are not required to follow the above rules.

Oil service drivers can make more money if their hours are longer, but the lack of regulation means they are more likely to be overworked. Overwork can cause fatigue, which increases the chance of an accident.

What are the Oil Rig Truck Driver Regulations

Three exceptions to FMCSA’s driver fatigue regulations for oil service drivers are available to them. These are:

  • Restarting with 24 Hours Off – While commercial drivers have to wait 34 hours, oil truck drivers only need to wait for 24 hours.
  • Wait Time as Time-Off – Oil truck drivers can view their time waiting at a delivery location as “time off.” Commercial drivers would consider this time to be time working and be required to take a rest sooner.
  • Break times – Oil service drivers can take shorter breaks for a shorter time than commercial drivers.

These exemptions allow drivers to be more independent and log more time on the road. Many drivers are guilty of overworking themselves and putting others on the roads at risk.

Common Causes of Oil Truck Unsafety Incidents

According to a New York Times article, 300 of the nation’s oil service drivers died in the line of duty over the past decade. Fatigue can cause judgment, coordination, spatial evaluation, and even coordination problems.

Tired drivers might be more vulnerable to the following:

  • Accelerating
  • Reckless driving
  • Loads that are not adequately secured
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Blind spots are not to be ignored
  • Distracted driving
  • Road conditions are poor
  • Driving while under the influence

Large commercial vehicles are more significant than most passenger cars on the road. This can lead to multiple fatalities and catastrophic injuries.

How Our Attorneys Can Help You?

You don’t have to suffer the pain of being in a fatal collision with an oil truck or losing a loved one because of it. To discuss your case, call us today—no-cost consultation. Get in touch with us today.

Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers You Can Rely On

Have you suffered a TBI or spinal cord injury?

Our Texas motorcycle accident lawyers understand what you are going through. Because we have been there, fighting for injured motorcyclists like you. 

You have been injured in an accident on a motorcycle that was not your fault. What next? It cannot be obvious. You have the right to financial compensation if you are injured in a motorcycle crash caused by negligence. We can help.

Contact us immediately. We will immediately gather evidence and speak to witnesses to prove that negligence caused your accident. We can prove negligence to get you the most compensation.

Motorcycle accidents are often devastating and can happen quickly. Is it possible to pinpoint the cause of your accident? 

These are some common causes of motorcycle accidents we deal with regularly:

  • Motorcycle Turned in Front of Car
  • Rear-Ended Motorbike
  • Offroad
  • Distracted Driver
  • Road Hazards
  • Drunk Driver

Drivers often fail to see motorcycles while driving. They don’t treat motorcycles the same way they treat other vehicles when they spot them. This is no excuse. We hold negligent drivers accountable for motorcycle accidents.

We deliver results for our injured clients

Practice motorcycle safety will go a long way in reducing injury risk. Negligence by a driver can lead to anything. Motorcyclists don’t ride in enclosed vehicles, so injuries are possible.

Every year, thousands of motorcyclists in Texas are hurt in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists injured in an accident may need surgery, medication, hospitalization, and physical therapy. These injuries can make a motorcyclist temporarily unable to work. Some injuries are minor. Some injuries are minor. Others can cause permanent disability or even death. Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries such as:

  • Head Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Broken Bone
  • Biker’s Arm
  • Road Rash
  • Leg Injury

If it wasn’t your fault, you could seek financial compensation for the accident’s future and past medical expenses. You might also be eligible for compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

The insurance agencies will not be on your side. They will only try to make your claim disappear as quickly as possible and for as little money as possible.

This is unacceptable. We will fight for the right to compensation. We will work hard to make your case as strong as possible. We have fought insurance companies many times before. They know that we will fight them in court. They will often agree to a settlement that is best for our clients.

You should take your Texas motorcycle accident seriously. Get a free case evaluation by calling us and speaking to one of our motorcycle accident lawyers.

Motorcycle Turned in Front of Car

This is a common cause of motorcycle crashes. A motorcycle is in the path of a car that makes a left-hand turn. This could happen if the motorcycle is speeding through an intersection or trying to pass it. The motorcyclist is usually not noticed by the driver as they turn. This can lead to severe injuries for the motorcyclist.

The accident is generally caused by the car driver who made the turn. However, if you’re a motorcyclist injured in an accident where a car made a left turn, your insurance company might try to place some blame on you. An experienced attorney can help you find the facts and get the compensation you deserve.

Rear-Ended Motorbike

Sometimes, a motorbike is rear-ended by a car in an accident. This can be extremely dangerous because the motorcyclist is unprotected and cannot take evasive actions or prepare for impact. The motorcyclist can either be thrown off the bike or pinned under the vehicle. This could cause severe or even fatal injuries.

An experienced attorney could help you if you were injured in a motorcycle accident. These injuries can take time to heal and may require long-term care. An attorney can help determine the cost of your medical treatment and get you the maximum compensation.


Sometimes, a distracted or speeding driver can force a motorcycle off the road. This can lead to the motorcyclist hitting a guardrail or another object along the road. The motorcyclist may also fall off their bike and slip on the ground. Motorcyclists can sustain severe injuries in either case.

These cases are often challenging to prove. The driver can leave the scene and not be found. It can be challenging to prove negligence even if the driver stops. Contact an experienced attorney if you have been hit by another vehicle. It is essential to gather evidence as quickly as possible and interview witnesses. An attorney will then be able to advise you about your legal options.

Distracted Driver

Motorcycles are not as visible on the roads as other vehicles. They are harder to spot if the truck driver is distracted. Distracted driving refers to engaging in activities that distract you from the road. Texting, changing radio stations, and eating are all examples of distracted driving. The chances of a crash are increased if a driver doesn’t look at the road for more than a few seconds. The injuries that can result from hitting a motorcycle are pretty severe.

An experienced attorney is necessary if you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident due to a distracted driver. Tracey & Fox lawyers know the signs to look out for to prove that a driver was distracted. They know how to get their clients the financial compensation that they deserve for their injuries.

Road Hazards

Every driver is aware that there are many hazards on the road. Potholes, wet pavements, uneven surfaces, railroad tracks, and other hazards are just a few examples. These hazards are more dangerous for motorcycles than for cars. A motorcycle is smaller and more stable than a car, so that a hazard could cause a motorcyclist’s crash and injury.

A road hazard can cause a motorcycle accident. Can a motorcyclist get financial compensation? It depends. It all depends. If debris fell from a truck, a private person or business could be held responsible. 

Drunk/Drugged Driver

Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs can cause drivers to lose their awareness of the road, make poor decisions, and respond slower. They may not be able to avoid a collision even if they spot a motorcycle nearby. This can seriously injure motorcyclists. This can lead to severe injuries for motorcyclists.

One of our lawyers can assist you if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that a drunken or drugged driver caused. Our attorneys will review police reports and interview witnesses to determine if the driver was impaired. We will then fight for financial compensation to cover your injuries.

Head Injury

This is a severe injury that can often occur in motorcycle accidents. This can occur when a motorcyclist is struck directly by a truck or car or thrown off a bike onto the pavement. The impact forces the brain into the skull and causes it to become bruised, bleeding, or swollen. Although a helmet can significantly reduce the severity of the injury, brain injury can still happen.

This injury is called traumatic brain injury (TBI) and can cause severe and long-lasting damage. TBI can cause a person to have impaired speech, thinking, and motor skills. A person with a TBI may have a change of personality. It is possible to experience problems with balance, walking, and weakness. TBI can require rehabilitation and long-term care, which can prove costly. We can help you get the compensation you and your family deserve for your accident.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal injury is another serious injury that can be sustained in motorcycle accidents. These injuries can happen when a motorcyclist gets hit or thrown off the bike. The effects of damage to the spinal cord, which contains nerves that connect to all body parts, can be severe. Spinal cord injuries may cause paralysis, pain, numbness, breathing difficulties, or paralysis.

Spinal cord injuries can be complicated to treat. These injuries can require surgery, hospitalization, and physical therapy. Some people may require long-term care or home modifications. It can be costly to pay for care for someone who has suffered a spinal injury. We are here to help you every step of your way.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are common after a collision with a truck or car or when a biker is thrown off a motorcycle. Broken bones can occur in motorcycle accidents.

Broken bones are usually not permanent, but they can limit mobility for a while. Motorcyclists with broken bones cannot participate in everyday activities and may be unable to return to work for several weeks or even months. Sometimes physical therapy is also necessary. Broken bones can lead to permanent disability in some cases.

Biker’s Arm

Motorcyclists instinctively try to stop falling when they know it. This condition is known as “biker’s elbow.” The brachial plexus, a network nerve located in the shoulder and upper arm, is damaged by the impact force. These nerves transmit signals to the brain that control arm movements. This type of injury can result in you being unable to raise your arm or move your fingers.

Physical therapy and medical treatment can help restore movement. Motorcyclists will need to restrain their activities until the condition is resolved. There may be permanent nerve damage in some cases.

Road Rash

Road rash is a widespread injury in motorcycle accidents. Road rash occurs when a motorcyclist is thrown off their bike or dragged along by it. It can cause multiple scrapes or bruises, which can be very painful. Sometimes, the injury can become so severe that hospitalization may be necessary.

Most cases of minor road rash heal quickly. Motorcyclists may experience limited mobility and sometimes even be unable or unable to work. Sometimes, motorcyclists are left with severe road rash that causes permanent scarring or disfigurement.

Leg Injury

People who are involved in motorcyclist accidents often sustain a leg injury. On impact with a vehicle or the ground, bones can be fractured in the legs, knees, and feet. The leg could also damage the muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Sometimes, the leg may be crushed between the bike and the pavement.

Leg injuries can cause severe injury and may affect one’s ability or ability to walk. Motorcyclists can take many years before they can fully heal and regain the full functionality of their legs. Physical therapy and surgery may be required. Motorcyclists who have suffered a leg injury can be prevented from working for several months. A severe leg injury may result in the motorcyclist being unable to perform any physical labor.

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcyclists riding on roads can be protected by wearing the right gear. Protect your head with a Department of Transportation (DOT-approved) helmet. This includes gloves, a jacket with long sleeves, pants, and boots with non-skid soles.

It would help if you practiced proper braking. It takes practice to master the art of braking—practice in a parking garage or on a side street.

To obtain a Texas motorcycle license, you must complete an introductory motorcycle safety course. However, it’s a good idea to take the advanced course to be prepared for any situation you might face while riding.

Insurance Companies and Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are often criticized for having a bad reputation. Many people who don’t ride often view motorcyclists as reckless and irresponsible. Insurance companies are no exception. Insurance companies are no different. They believe that the motorcyclist is responsible for the accident.

Most motorcyclists are responsible. They follow the rules of the road. Insurance companies use false stereotypes to reduce settlements. We gather all facts necessary to prove the negligence of the other driver. These facts help our clients get the financial compensation that they are due.

We will not stop until justice is done for you if you have chosen us as your representative. We are skilled at negotiating with insurance companies. We can file a lawsuit for you on your behalf, and we will take the insurance company to court if they refuse to cooperate.