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More Semi-Truck Accidents in Texas Than Any Other State

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.

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