Recently, the Houston Chronicle reported on the dramatic increase in Texas auto accidents featuring at least three fatalities. According to the report, there were 72 triple fatality accidents on Texas roadways in 2010. By 2012, that number had climbed to 101. 2013 saw 148 triple fatality accidents. Here are the factors that contribute to roadway fatalities.
- I-20, spanning from the Midland-Odessa area across to east Texas has seen more accidents in which at least three people were killed than any other roadway in the state. In 2010-2013, there were 13 triple fatality accidents on I-20.
- I-20 had twice the number of triple-fatal accidents as I-10, which is a longer highway.
- Since 2008, Texas has led the nation in motor vehicle deaths, the article stated. This troubling statistic coincides with the beginning of the state’s oil and gas boom.
- Transportation accidents are a major cause of workplace deaths in Texas, federal records indicate. In 2012, the state had more workplace deaths and more oil patch deaths than any other in the nation.
- Nationwide, oil patch workers are 8.5 times more likely to die in transportation-related accidents than workers in any other occupation, the article noted. Transportation accidents accounted for half of the oil patch deaths in Texas last year.
- According to data provided by Texas Mutual Insurance — the state’s largest carrier of workers’ compensation insurance — there have been 24 fatal motor vehicle accidents reported by Texas employers so far this year. That is three times more than in 2009.
- Long shifts and long commutes are to blame for many of these accidents, company officials reported.
If you’ve been injured in an accident on a Texas roadway or have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by someone else, you may be facing numerous unplanned expenses. Auto accident attorneyRobert White can help you fight for the money you deserve. For more information or to talk about your case, contact us.