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West Texas Traffic Fatalities Still on the Rise

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Apr 28, 2014 in Truck Accidents

The economy of the Midland-Odessa area is heavily dependent on the petroleum industry due to the Permian Basin, which since 1993, has produced more than 14 million barrels. Mid-land and Odessa serve as the headquarters for oil production activities.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the area not only saw an increase in oil production, but also one in roadside deaths. Between 2012 and 2013, fatal accidents in the area increased by more than 13 percent.

In Midland, a victims rights coalition held a panel discussion to discuss the regions deadly roads and said that many of the wrecks were caused by drugs, drinking and distracted driving. The Texas Department of Transportation on the other hand is running radio and TV ads to tackle the problem.

The Midland Sheriffs office is currently focused on traffic hot sports such as Greenwood, SH 349 and U.S. 191, however, young drivers with little to no-experience are also a common cause of these fatal accidents. With little to no practice these drivers are not equipped to handle dangerous situations as well as the long hours that often come with driving a big rig.

So far this year there have been 24 fatal accidents in Midland and Ector Counties, which is the total number of fatal collisions reported in Midland County back in 2012.