Has the Eagle Ford Activity Increased Traffic Fatalities?

Eagle Ford Shale Trucking and Traffic Accidents

Question & Answer: Has the Eagle Ford Activity Increased Traffic Fatalities?

Answer: Since the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas boom started around 2008, the number of Eagle Ford Shale trucking and traffic accidents and fatalities has skyrocketed.

Anyone whom has driven in and around the Eagle Ford Shale region over the past five years can personally attest to the traffic increase, road destruction, and other dangers associated with the oil field services vehicle traffic that has descended upon these once forgotten and struggling towns.  Now, the economic boom has also lead to a boom in roadway dangers.  These roadway dangers have, as expected, lead to an increase in traffic, traffic accidents, traffic related injuries, and traffic fatalities.  The statistics paint a very clear picture of an extreme public safety risk that is getting worse every year.

In 2012, fatal traffic accidents increased forty percent from 2011 in the Eagle Ford Shale communities.  This is according to initial estimates released by the Texas Department of Transportation. According to the Texas Department of Transportation there were more than 2,723 fatal and/or catastrophic injury accident, and almost 250 fatality accidents in 2012 in Eagle Ford Shale region.  Further, the increase in commercial motor vehicle accidents from 2008 to 2011 is even more disturbing.  By county, the following 3-year increases in commercial motor vehicle accidents are as follows:

  • Atascosa:        +56%
  • DeWitt:           +67%
  • Dimmit:           +175%
  • Frio:                +200%
  • Gonzalez:        +204%
  • Karnes:            +1,050%
  • La Salle:           +418%
  • Maverick:        +100%
  • McMullen:      +1,050%

That literally means that in the three year period from 2008 to 2011, Karnes County, Texas experienced an increase of over 1,000% in commercial motor vehicle accidents.

If you live in and around the Eagle Ford Shale, drive safely, watch your speed, look out for dangerous drivers, be mindful of large commercial motor vehicles, and if possible, limit your time on the roads shared with the large oil field services vehicles.  Further, if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic accident in the Eagle Ford Shale region, contact the Texas Eagle Ford Shale Trucking and Traffic Accidents Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.  The Texas Accident Injury Attorneys at Hill Law Firm are experienced in handling trucking accidents, traffic accidents, and oilfield injuries.  Call Today!

3 thoughts on “Has the Eagle Ford Activity Increased Traffic Fatalities?

  1. These stats are no exaggeration. One Sunday morning about a year ago, I was on FM 97 traveling East toward US 183 just south of Gonzales, TX and was literally run off the road by a speeding waste disposal truck. This truck chose to pull out from behind a 5-6 truck fracking crew going west on FM 97, trying to pass them. I was already next to the frack crew truck caravan, travelling east. FM 97 is a narrow, two-lane road without shoulders, but only a 30% grassy slope on either side. It was all the extra wide fracking rigs truck caravan drivers could do to avoid having their outside tires slip off the roadway onto the grassy slope, which would surely have resulted in turned over truck or trucks, expensive damage to equipment and probably crew injuries as well. For me to avoid a head on collision with a speeding waste disposal truck, I had to
    slam on my brakes, then ease off the roadway, down the grassy slope to level ground. Just as my car came to a safe stop on the grass, the waste disposal truck roared past me in what had been my lane as I headed east, and the fracking crew headed in the same direction as he, or west.

    At the time, trucks like this one driving dangerously and agressively, or with no treads left on their tires, or swaying from lane to lane as they fought off sleep after 60-70 hours on the road making all the money they could were a challenge to the Special Task Force of Texas Department of Safety officers sent
    to try to regain control of these and other trucks like them in Gonzales, Dewitt and Karnes Counties. This is out-of-control insanity motivated by greed for money.

      • I work in and around that area mainly La Salle county. When I first started three months ago I was being trained and there was not a week when we had to witness and pass by an accident where the driver was already dead. It made me want to quit right there on the spot.
        I remember the last time I drove with my trainer we passed a vacuum truck that had just rolled over like three times. (They said the driver had fallen asleep after driving for 17 hours.) we passed the crash site after thirty minutes away he started sobbing and crying. He turns around and looks at me and says “That could of been me” so be careful when driving.

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