The oil and gas industry boom in West Texas of recent years has brought
a fair many things to the Midland-Odessa region. On the bright side, it
has put jobs on peoples’ résumés and money in their
pocket. On the other hand, it has clogged up the I-20, I-10, and a number
of other highways in the area with big commercial trucks at all hours
of the day. The more 18-wheelers on the freeway, the more likely there
is to be a dangerous
Between 2012 and 2013, the greater West Texas area saw a 13% rise in fatalities
linked to truck accidents, according to data collected by the Texas Department
of Transportation (TDoT). In Midland County, the number of traffic-related
deaths was doubled since 2011, with a staggering 43 fatalities in 2013
alone. With a recent story coming out of Kimble County to the south reporting
that a man was killed in a
trucking accident in late February 2016 (Full story from News West 9), it seems unlikely that any improvements to the situation are coming.
But why not?
Midland Takes Initiative to Prevent Truck Accidents
The problem has not gone entirely unnoticed by authorities and figures
in the government. Midland, which continues to see frequent truck accidents,
set up a specific task force within its police department with the goal
of curbing negligent truck driving before accidents can occur. TDoT has
also launched several campaigns to promote safe driving habits among younger
drivers who can get distracted more easily behind the wheel. With this
much effort being put into solving the problem, why does it persist?
The answer is at the heart of trucking accidents and
what causes them. Oil and gas companies are all about making a profit, and they do
this by delivering as much usable product as possible in as short amount
of time as possible. Truckers carry the burden of moving all that petroleum
from state to state, or field to refinery. Ask someone to control a vehicle
that massive on a regular basis, and the odds of them making a mistake
and causing an accident will continue to increase. This is especially
true if the trucker has worked long hours, driven hundreds of miles, and is
feeling exhausted while on the road.
What Can Be Done About Truck Accidents in Midland-Odessa?
To promote the safety of people on West Texas’s highways, more legislation
may need to be put in place to punish negligent truckers. This could be
done by imposing high fines on their parent companies, adding criminal
penalties for violating safety regulations, and other legal resources.
In the meantime, everyone who has been hurt in a trucking accident that
was not their fault needs to seek strong and reliable legal representation
as soon as they can. By holding reckless drivers accountable for the damage
they cause, the people of Texas can make it clear that dangerous driving
Dean Law Firm can help you if you need to file a personal injury claim
after a truck accident. Call us at
(432) 214-8125 to speak to our Midland truck accident attorney during a
free case evaluation.