The people of Texas love their motorcycles, and why not? We have great weather most of the year, the roads tend to be dry most the time and it’s a great way for many people to cut loose and feel free. Unfortunately, with all of that freedom comes risk. Motorcycle accidents can change a life in an instant.
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The State of Texas is home to an enormous number of oil rigs; by most accounts, we are the oil and gas capital of the country, if not the world. And while the current oil boom only dates back about eight years, the oil and gas industry in Texas has been prominent for nearly a century. Unfortunately, factors such as outdated equipment, improper training and negligent safety practices result in a great number of oil rig workers suffering serious injury or even being killed every year in oil rig accidents, including explosions.
There are a number of occupations for which workers are commonly exposed to electrical hazards, including machine operators, construction workers and linemen, but on some level nearly every occupation involves the possibility of electrocution, even if the possibilities are small. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 there were 174 workplace fatalities that were directly related to electricity and there were another 156 in 2012, so this is not a small problem.
Whenever a loved one has died due to someone else’s “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default,” it’s only natural to want justice. According to the Texas Statutes, the way you do that is by filing a wrongful death lawsuit, so as to uncover the truth about what happened to your family member and hold the negligent party accountable, as well as to recover compensation to make up for the financial struggle your family faces in a future without the decedent.
What an oil refinery does is to take crude oil and process it, through what is called fractional instillation, into a number of different forms, such as gasoline for cars, diesel fuel and even jet fuel. Because this process involves heating flammable liquid to extremely high temperatures to separate the different forms of the oil, the margin for error is very small and great care is necessary, in order to protect refinery workers from harm.