Deepwater Horizon and the Gulf Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig was developed and built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2001. The rig was a semi-submersible offshore drilling structure owned by Swiss-based company, Transocean. In 2001 Transocean leased the Deepwater Horizon to BP. Their lease agreement was scheduled to last through mid-2013. In 2009, BP used the Deepwater Horizon to drill the deepest well in history, at a vertical depth of 35,050. The well was located in the Gulf of Mexico, close in proximity to the gulf coast of the continental United States. On April 20, 2010 methane gas from the well ignited and exploded, killing 11 workers on the rig. Of the 94 crew members rescued from the rig, 17 sustained an injury. The injured oil rig employees have the option of contacting a Massachusetts personal injury attorney in order to hold the company responsible for the injuries and trauma they’ve experienced as a result of what has been discovered to be negligence on the part of BP.

As teams executed clean-up initiatives, the well continued to gush into the gulf until September. Local and national efforts were made to contain the oil in order to protect tourist, fishing, and other gulf-related industries. Many people who aided in relief efforts experienced negative health consequences as a result of the chemicals in the water. Despite environmental efforts to protect the gulf region after the oil spill, BP is projected to pay around $90 billion in damages. In addition to paying reparations to families, businesses, and environmental organizations, BP also faced charges for manslaughter.

The process can be complicated for people trying to collect money from BP. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, when going through the claim process, if specific steps aren’t followed within a specific time frame, people can lose their eligibility for the money that is owed them. Many people affected by the gulf oil spill have relied on lawyers to advocate for them.

Protection from Rollover Accidents

Cars at the highest risk for rollover accidents are SUVs, trucks, and any other standard-sized vehicle with a high center of gravity. In addition to relating directly to the car’s individual center of gravity, rollover risk is also related to the width between tires. When the right and left tires are further apart, the car has more stability when turning. Rollover accidents have an especially high mortality rate compared to other crashes because of the head and spinal trauma that drivers and passengers are liable to experience.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) 10,000 people are killed in rollover accidents annually. Rollover accidents account for one-third of all passenger fatalities. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, common causes for car accidents are reckless driving, drunk driving, speeding, and mechanical defects. Fortunately, wearing a seatbelt has been shown to effectively protect drivers and passengers involved in rollover accidents. As rollover accidents increase the potential for bodily harm, they also increase the potential for expensive damage to the car. If someone else’s actions caused your car to roll over, their insurance company will likely be the one responsible for repairing or replacing your car. This is simply how car insurance is supposed to work. For more information on this type of compensation, visit Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®.

Designing a sturdy roof is a common protective measure that designers and engineers take in order to keep drivers and passengers of high-risk vehicles safe. Severe rollover damage may be the responsibility of the car manufacturer. The cause of damage resulting from severe roof crushes could be due to defective roof material, roof pillar failure, seatbelt failure, or even faulty design. The NHTSA has created a rating system to test how a particular car can withstand a rollover accident. The rating system is part of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The safety rating system has been evolving for years and provides buyers with useful information about various vehicle makes and models.

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