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Increased trucking related to Colorado oil boom may result in collisions

The Colorado economy is currently enjoying a boom in oil production, the likes of which the state has not experienced for several decades. Indeed, according to numbers released by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), energy companies produced almost 64.1 million barrels of oil in Colorado during 2013, which broke state's production record that stood for nearly 60 years. Even more surprising is the fact that oil production in Colorado has more than doubled since 2008, with a 30 percent increase from 2012 to 2013 alone.

Sadly, however, while this recent uptick in production is certainly good for the local economy, it is not always as beneficial for local motorists. For instance, increased oil production often results in a corresponding increase in trucking on local roadways. And, with more trucks on the roads, the risk of trucking accidents also typically increases.

This is particularly true in Weld County - the area in which Colorado's recent surge in oil production is centered. In fact, according to the COGCC, Weld County single-handedly accounted for roughly 81 percent of the state's oil production in 2013.

Oil Trucking: A growing priority in Colorado

Following a recent trucking accident that claimed the life of Weld County man on Highway 392, Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Sgt. Dennis Schenkenberger noted that the recent boom in oil production has led the CSP to view rural highways, such as 392, as a growing priority, according to The Tribune. In fact, Schenkenberger stated that in the coming year the CSP is planning to focus on areas where oil production is increasing.

Indeed, this increased focus is certainly well warranted, especially given the fact that the deadly trucking accident referenced above occurred roughly one mile from the location in which three other motorists were killed in a trucking collision less than one month prior. Unfortunately, this most recent fatality is already the 19th to occur on Weld County roadways so far this year.

Legal recourse may be available

It is important for victims of trucking accidents to realize that they may have remedies available to hold truckers liable if their negligent actions cause an accident. For instance, if truckers are distracted, impaired or violating federal trucking regulations, they may be held legally accountable in civil court for any resulting injuries.

Additionally, if a victim tragically dies as a result of a trucking accident, his or her family may have a wrongful death claim against the trucker or the trucking company, depending upon the circumstances. However, each situation is different, which is why it is often best to seek the counsel of an experienced trucking accident attorney if a negligent truck driver has injured you or a loved one. A skilled attorney can examine the circumstances of your accident and help explain your rights and options.

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