The Permian Basin is a major oil and gas production area that stretches through Texas and part of New Mexico. Route 285 – the main road that carries supplies to and from the Permian Basin – has the nickname, “Death Highway.” Fatal accidents in and around the Permian Basin take hundreds of lives. In the first three months of 2018, police reported 5,764 traffic accidents in the area. The rate of accidents has steadily increased in the last two years.
The increase in oil and gas demand means more vehicles on the road in the Permian Basin – and a subsequent increase in car accidents. If you or a loved one needs legal representation after a Permian Basin traffic accident, count on Attorney Brian White & Associates, PC. Our law firm has experience handling these claims and a long history of wins. We can help your family negotiate for fair and full compensation in Houston. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Permian Basin Road Condition and Accident Statistics
A steady increase in gas prices during the summer of 2017 led to workers erecting 101 additional rigs in the Permian Basin between June 2017 and April 2018 (an 11.5% increase). The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) gave an additional $2 billion to the state’s Energy Sector to fund more than 1,400 projects through to 2019. Projects include plans to expand and pave roads in the District of Odessa in an effort to improve the condition and safety of existing roads. Other counties have also started similar projects.
The rise in Permian Basin activity is correlated with a rise in auto accidents in the region. The number of auto accidents in West Texas increased by 14% from the period of May/June 2017 to July/August 2017. The fourth quarter of 2017 saw a 17% increase in car accidents from the previous quarter. So far in 2018, the upward trend has continued. Accident rates increased by 8% in the first two months of 2018 compared to the last quarter of 2017.
What does all this mean? The Permian Basin is getting more and more dangerous for drivers. To learn more about the rise in auto accidents near the Permian Basin, please contact a Houston Permian Basin accident attorney.
Causes and Effects of Permian Basin Accidents
The Permian Basin contains a host of potential risks to drivers and passersby. Heavy traffic, congested roads, damaged roadways, and a higher number of commercial trucks and other oil and gas vehicles all contribute to the growing number of traffic accidents. The TxDOT’s has attempted to increase the safety of roads in the Permian Basin (along with education campaigns about driving in energy zones). Despite these efforts, people crash and suffer serious injuries almost daily in this region. Common injuries in these accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Contusions, lacerations, and bruising
- Internal bleeding
- Serious burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and brain trauma
Victims of the Permian Basin may never be the same. The most frequent outcomes include temporary and permanent disabilities, missed time and lost wages from work, expensive medical bills, and significant emotional pain and suffering – especially if a loved one passed away in a Permian Basin accident. If these losses pertain to you personally, contact a Houston Permian Basin accident lawyer now. Attorney Brian White and his associates want to discuss your car accident case in more detail.
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A distracted driver, negligent commercial truck driver, careless oil and gas company, a parts manufacturer, or the agency in charge of roadway maintenance may be financially responsible for your losses after an accident in the Permian Basin. A consultation with one of our Houston Permian Basin attorneys can help you identify the defendant(s) and learn more about your case. If we believe you have grounds for a claim, we’ll help you file within the state’s two-year statute of limitations (or six months if your case is against the government). Your future starts with a phone call to Brian White. Contact us today.