Know Your Rights in a Texas Gas Pipeline Explosion

Pipeline explosions are many times associated as unexpected disasters that can create large amounts of destruction in a community by launching waste around entire cities, creative many injuries and fatalities, and destroying homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses.

However, these types of gas pipeline explosions are becoming more and more common than the majority of the people would want to admit. According to a report by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration - PHMSA - in the period between 1993 and 2012 there have been over 10,000 pipeline accidents that have led to over 1,400 injuries, over 300 deaths, and more than $5 billion in property damage alone. Residents of these towns and cities often time are in constant fear, worrying that an unexpected explosion can happen at any second.

Possible Factors

One of the most recent explosions involving a gas pipeline happened late 2013, when a pipeline operated by Chevron exploded close to Milford, Texas. Due to the fact that the pipeline was transporting liquefied petroleum gas, LGP, the entire town was forced to be evacuated. This specific even was caused when a crew that was drilling on location accidentally hit and punctured the pipeline. However, it is important to note that many factors can contribute to a gas pipeline explosion, including:

  • Rusted, eroded, or otherwise damaged equipment
  • Malfunctioning or defective components of the pipeline
  • Over-pressurized gas pipelines
  • Pipelines that have been ruptured as a result of earthquakes caused by fracking
  • Failure to meet health and safety regulations
  • Inadequate or incomplete policies regarding gas pipelines and their distribution

Additional Factors

Nevertheless, these are only a handful of potential factors that can cause a pipeline to explode. It is also important to note that major explosions are not limited to the occurrence of pipeline explosions; in early April, an explosion caused by an explosion of ammonium nitrate in a fertilizer storage and distribution facility in West, Texas resulted in the death of 15 people and the injury of more than 150 people.

Know Your Rights

It is important to consult with a personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has been injured by a gas pipleine explosion, or any explosion for that matter. You have rights! You may be entitled receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages resulting from missing work due to your injuries, and much more.

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