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Work-related injuries and deaths leads to increase in OSHA staff

The oil boom in North Dakota has been considered by many as a great thing for the local economy. It has brought jobs and significant income to the state. Unfortunately, with the positives of something new also comes the negatives. The number of work-related injuries and deaths had been increasing, and the majority of these incidents involve the oil, gas and construction industry jobs.

In total, 34 work-related deaths have been reported since 2012. Of those 34, 21 have been tied to workers in the oil industry alone. Workers servicing oil rigs are constantly exposed to hazardous situations, including fires, equipment dangers and explosions.

Identifying drivers in hit-and-run car accidents

How do North Dakota law enforcement agents identify drivers involved in hit-and-run car accidents? In a particular case from a recent accident, they are requesting help from the public as they track down the driver of a truck who caused a fatality. In similar types of car accidents, police could rely on traffic cameras, other technology and witness reports.

In this particular car accident, the victim was a man who had accidentally run his vehicle off the road and was stuck in a swampy area. At that point, he left his vehicle and was walking along the roadway as he was trying to attract a passing motorist for assistance. North Dakota police belive that he was standing in the road when he was hit by a semi-truck. After hitting the pedestrian, the truck left the scene of the accident.

Auto accidents with semis lead to tragic outcomes in North Dakota

It is sad but often true: in an accident between a car versus a semi, the car just doesn't stand much of a chance. These big rigs are just that, big, and can do a whole lot of damage with very little effort. Sadly, auto accidents with these tractor-trailers are a pretty common occurrence and the damages that follow are often catastrophic. A recent accident in North Dakota between a smaller passenger car and a semi resulted in the death of an elderly woman.

This particular accident occurred on a local highway near Towner. The vehicle of an 83-year-old woman was apparently rear-ended by a semi, causing an explosion. The woman was unable to get out of her vehicle and, according to police records, died at the scene of the collision.

Fatal car accidents a growing issue for North Dakota teens

Accidents involving teenage drivers seem to be a growing concern in North Dakota. With their parents permission, teenagers can begin driver's training and be granted a restricted license at a younger age than teenagers in some other states. These restricted licenses simply restrict nighttime driving in an effort to reduce distractions and, in turn, fatal car accidents. Unfortunately, even with restrictions and driver's training, accidents happen and their results can be devastating to the young drivers, their passengers and their families.

Sadly, a rollover accident near Robinson claimed the life of a teenager and left two others injured. According to a video recording released with a recent news report, the teens were headed home from a local lake when the accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. The driver of the truck, a 15-year-old, supposedly lost control of his vehicle on a gravel road, causing the truck to roll. The driver and a 13-year-old passenger were injured in the crash. A second passenger, another 15-year-old male, was killed.

Fatal car accidents devastating for North Dakota families

Accidents caused by those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs often end in disaster. These fatal car accidents can understandably devastate families in a multitude of ways. A recent accident in North Dakota, believed to have been caused by a drunk driver, has left a family grieving their loss and three small children without their mothers.

Two sisters, ages 23 and 21, were killed in a crash as passengers in a friend's sports car. The accident occurred after the car left the road, went into a ditch, then struck a driveway and rolled over. The driver, a 51-year-old male, was injured in the crash, though his current condition has not been released. Both sisters were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Fatal car accidents on the rise in North Dakota

According to local law enforcement, death tolls are rising in the northwestern region of North Dakota. Part of the blame is being placed on the oil boom, creating more traffic in the area. Other causes of these fatal car accidents remain the same and include drinking, distracted drivers and speeding.

Between 2008 and 2010 ,accidents across the state seemed fairly proportional, however, after 2010 the northwest region has seen quite an increase. According to reports in 2010, 54 of the state's 130 fatal collisions, or 41.5 percent, were in the northwest region. By 2012, that percentage has increased to 47.6 percent of the state's total fatal incidents.

Fatal car accidents leave North Dakota families seeking answers

The tragic loss of a loved one in an auto accident often leaves surviving family members asking questions and needing answers as to how and why the accident occurred. Fatal car accidents simply are life-changing events, which can be very difficult to move forward from. A tragic accident occurring last year in North Dakota claimed several lives, and the driver deemed responsible for the wreck is facing charges in court.

Information released about this incident is pretty vague; however, it has been reported that a truck driver, who was hauling a load of crude oil, was involved in a crash which took place near Stanley last summer. The tanker trunk apparently exploded, causing five other vehicles involved in the crash to catch on fire; all of which reportedly burned for several hours after the wreck. In total, three men were killed in this horrific incident.

Car accidents caused by drivers texting a concern in North Dakota

Distracted driving is a hot topic in North Dakota and nationwide. Police all across the country are trying to find ways to cut down the number of car accidents caused due to these distractions. One of the biggest distractions being discussed is the issue of texting while driving.

People distracted by cellphones, particularly those who are texting, simply aren't focused on the road. Unfortunately, proving a driver was texting isn't an easy task. However, because of the increasing amount of accidents that result in injuries or fatalities due to drivers texting, cracking down on this behavior has become one of the top priorities for law enforcement personnel in North Dakota.

Man received work-related injuries in North Dakota oil fields

It is well-known that some professions in North Dakota carry a higher amount of risk than others. While workers in these professions tend to know and understand the risks or their work before getting started, safety precautions provided by employers are still expected. Unfortunately, despite safety training and equipment, accidents happen and the work-related injuries that follow can be life-altering.

The oil fields in North Dakota are booming and this increase in productivity has brought experienced drillers from all across the country to take part in the numerous job opportunities available. While this business has been good for the local economy, injuries that occur in this line of work are often severe, if not fatal. Recently, an explosion on one of the oil rigs left and employee suffering from serious burns to his head and both hands. He is currently recovering from his injuries at a medical facility in Bismarck.

North Dakota car accidents this winter by region

Local authorities and the North Dakota Department of Transportation like to review the numbers and causes of fatal accidents that take place across the state pretty often. Their purpose in doing so is to help prevent future accidents and determine what they can be doing better overall. Car accidents happen all year long, but winter driving in particular tends to see a slight increase in fatal incidents. While weather may be a contributing factor in these crashes, drivers are responsible for driving appropriately for any road conditions.

The Northeast region of the state has seen the highest number of fatal accidents this winter compared to other regions. A total of 10 people have died so far this winter in auto accidents in northeastern North Dakota, seven of those occurring in 2014. Weather is just one of many concerning factors in the cause of these accidents.

Mark Larson / Your Personal Injury Lawyer
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