While speeding remains the number one cause of traffic fatalities in Texas, it is a surprise to no one that distracted driving is creeping closer to the top. What is more surprising, is that traffic fatalities are happening at higher rates in the booming oil and gas industrial areas in Texas rather than the more populated metropolitan areas. There have been almost as many traffic deaths happening in the vicinity of five of the largest oil locations in Texas than the rest of the state
To be exact, 1,673 individuals were killed in 2018 while driving through those areas (versus a total of 3,639 traffic-related deaths throughout the state). The Permian Basin, which covers a very large majority of West Texas and reaches out to New Mexico, saw 485 highway deaths alone (with just over 1,300 serious injuries) in 2018. The number of deaths is an increase from 2017 as well. Thus, the statistics show rather than driving while distracted and less alert in rural areas in the state, attention to the road and being more alert need to be emphasized, especially around the heavy equipment and vehicles which travel the rural roads.
Is There Anything We Can Do?
The answer is: absolutely. Distracted driving is always preventable. When it comes to operating vehicles around heavier machines, car accidents without life-altering injuries become fewer and further in between. Catastrophic accidents seem to follow with heavy vehicles far more often than in other accidents. Paying attention to the road versus your own cell phone or the radio can mean the difference between life and death more often than anyone would like to admit.
Taking distracted driving more seriously is something that needs to occur more often on rural roads. The concept of an easy life driving on the open highway is something that can allow individuals to let their guard down. Those operating heavy machinery or vehicles are capable of crushing a small sedan without even noticing.
All individuals driving in and around the oil and gas communities in western Texas need to be aware of these statistics. Far too many people have been lost as a result of distracted driving – a trend that needs to be reversed.
Distracted Driver Caused Injuries or Death?
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