Although the oil boom in west Texas is great for the local economy, it brings with it a host of problems, including an increase in vehicle fatalities. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the Permian Basin had a 13 percent increase in roadside deaths in 2012 and 2013.
Most of the wrecks are caused from factors that could have been easily prevented by drivers, such as texting while driving, drinking and drugs. However, the oil and gas boom in the area is compounding the problem. The boom means that there are more vehicles on the roads, including larger trucks than previously.
Authorities in the area are trying to combat the problem with more police on the streets. However, it's hard to keep the area safe, because according to authorities, oil and gas companies are hiring young drivers without enough truck-driving experience. The Midland Police Department set up a special unit that is focused on commercial fleets of vehicles. It will remain to be seen whether the increased security will help stop the increase in fatalities. Already this year, there have been 24 fatal accidents in Midland and Ector Counties combined.
Oil booms are great for the local economy. However, oil companies have a responsibility to insure that they responsibly handle their growth. This includes hiring drivers with the experience and training necessary to keep other drivers safe on the roads. If you have been injured in an accident with an irresponsible driver, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. Our attorneys will be happy to help you. Call today, or visit our LinkedIn page to learn more.