The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some harrowing
news regarding Texas and
truck accidents. According to their recent research and number crunching, Texas is the
number one state in the country when it comes to having the most commercial
and semi-truck accidents, a trophy that no state wants to win. California
comes in second place but on average, year over year, Texas has 137% more
truck collision than them.
The 2014 data set, which is the last year with complete information, 16%
of traffic-related fatalities in Texas occurred in a truck accident. The
average for the rest of the country was just 10%. Furthermore, from 2010
to 2014, the number of fatal truck accidents in Texas jumped from 400
each year to a staggering 553. Yes, while most states are seeing a welcome
decline in truck accidents, Texas is actually seeing a sharp rise. But why?
Possible Explanations for Texas’s Truck Troubles
If we want to see a decrease in the number of truck accidents each year,
Texans in general need to have a better understanding of what is causing them.
Some theories believe that the following factors are to blame for the rise:
Landscape: Texas is smackdab in the center of the country, and on the lower half,
too. This makes it see a majority of America’s cross-country traffic,
especially since other major transportation hubs include Southern California
and Florida. It also sits against the Gulf of Mexico, so imports reaching
harbor there also move through Texas first. This all means plenty of big
rigs at all hours and all days.
People: Texas is the second most populous state in the country, with a little
less than 30 million people across the entire landmass. No matter how
you look at it, more civilian vehicles around more commercial trucks causes
more room for dangerous errors.
Oilfield industries: In 2008, the oil industry experienced another major boom in Texas. The
NHTSA has noticed that truck accidents in the state began to rise that
very same year. It makes sense considering how many trucks are required
to service and run just one oilfield site. In the Midland-Odessa stretch
of Interstate 20, oil truck accidents are notorious for posing life-threatening
hazards to other motorists around the clock.
Litigation May Reduce Truck Accidents
In order to get trucking companies to pay attention to the damage reckless,
exhausted, or undertrained drivers pose on the highways, it is important
to hold them completely accountable each time there is a truck accident.
At Dean Law Firm, our Midland truck accident attorney has more than 20
years of experience taking on personal injury cases in West Texas, many
of which involved oil truck accidents. We are proud to say that our firm
has recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation through verdicts
and settlements for our clients. In the end, we hope that this both helps
people who have already been hurt and stop further accidents from occurring.
If you need our help with a truck accident case of your own, call
432.214.8125 to schedule a
free consultation today.