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Deadly Accidents Rise with Texas Oil Boom

Destiny Baker2 years ago

Crash data suggests the number of fatal traffic collisions involving large trucks have increased substantially alongside the Texas oil boom.

50 Percent Increase Recorded

According to the Houston Chronicle, fatalities linked to commercial vehicle accidents have increased by roughly 50 percent since 2009.

The Chronicle also cites a rise in the number of “triple tragedies” in which three or more fatalities were recorded, increasing by 25 percent between 2010 and 2012. Among the most violent crashes were incidents involving fatigued oilfield workers and fracking crews.

Such incidents have led to Texas Highway 72, an 111 mile stretch of road connecting Three Rivers and Tilden, to be dubbed “death row.” 21 fatal accidents have been recorded along the deadly stretch of highway since 2011 – four of which resulted in three or more deaths.

Texas Auto and Commercial Vehicle Accident Statistics

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2012.
  • 1,833 of those deaths occurred in rural areas of Texas.
  • 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas with 89,270 sustaining serious injuries.
  • TxDOT recorded 29,356 commercial vehicle accidents in 2013.
  • These collisions resulted in 531 deaths and 5,798 serious injuries.


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