Texas’s Permian Basin has a history of booms and busts that date back nearly a century – particularly because of its oil-rich landscape. The last boom ended in 2016. Subsequently, the area saw a significant decrease in traffic accidents. One year later, the next boom began to pick up steam – resulting in a sharp increase in traffic accidents.
The accident rate is often influenced by an upsurge of oil trucks and drivers traveling to and from work. The highways become congested with massive tankers and smaller passenger vehicles – a dangerous combination for all road users.
The crash rate continues to rise
NewsWest9 cites data by the Texas Department of Transportation indicating that the Odessa District – which consists of 12 counties – will see its accident rate rise in conjunction with the economic boom.
As the economy and population continues to grow, the area infrastructure struggles to keep up. This not only impacts the quality of life within the Permian Basin, but compromises road safety.
In 2018, the Odessa District ranked No. 6 out of 25 Texas districts for fatal traffic accidents. In the past three years, the district has seen its crash rate increase by 67 percent and its fatality rate by 97 percent. What’s worse, commercial vehicle crashes have increased by 160 percent and fatalities caused by commercial vehicles by 122 percent.
During the same period, the Odessa District, which contains only 1.6 percent of the state’s population, had almost 15 percent of all statewide fatal traffic accidents involving commercial vehicles – rivaling the combined death rate of the Houston and Fort Worth districts.
In addition, the district ranked No. 5 for daily vehicle miles in the state, with an increase of more than 100 percent.
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