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Traffic Crashes in Permian Basin


Traffic Crashes in the Permian Basin

James Beauchamp, president of the Midland Odessa Transportation Alliance, said that people in tfhe Permian Basin were more than twice  as likely to be in a fatal traffic crash than in the state as a whole based on the number of miles traveled, which is based on a report by MOTRAN.

Crashes on Texas roadways resulted in 3,023 fatalities in 2010,  making an average of 1.29 deaths per 100 million miles traveled in the state. However, the Odessa District reported 93 fatalities, making an average of 3.2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, according to MOTRAN, increasing to 100 fatalities in 2011.


The report noted the cost of 2011 crashes to individuals and human capital was more than $313 million, and the cost to the community was more than $762 million, but Beauchamp also said human losses cannot be measured just in a dollar amount.


At the end of the day, when somebody’s lost their dad or their child, there’s no dollar amount to that,” Beauchamp said. “We’re not going to be able to bring back or undo anything that’s happened.”


The inspiration for MOTRAN’s report was a task force created by the Texas Department of Transportation geared at focusing on energy-related transportation needs, which Beauchamp said he believed would be good news.


According to MOTRAN’s report, the result was that 7,374 accidents of all kinds were also reported in the Odessa District in 2011, up from 6,021 in 2010. But Powell said even money put into the Permian Basin would not guarantee fewer accidents and fatalities.


The wrecks that we’re seeing as a whole are not caused by road factors, for the most part,” TXDOT Odessa District spokesman Gene Powell said. “That’s not to say that we won’t add safety measures (after a wreck), but when you see people crossing the center line or going off the road and being ejected … safety measures won’t prevent people from making bad decisions.”   As residents of Texas, we enjoy a highway system that is the envy of other states. We must keep our part of the bargain to drive safely and be considerate of those we share the road with.


The alliance has started the Drive Smart program, encouraging people to realize the risks when they get on the road as well as follow traffic laws such as stopping at red lights and stop signs, to not text and drive, and to yield the right of way.


Ultimately, Beauchamp said he hopes to increase awareness of traffic issues through the report and public initiatives, both to the community and officials who allocate money.

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  1. Nathalie van Ee says:

    Fugit’s Law Firm treated my law case right away We were happy and will get Odessa Law Practice the next time it’s needed.

  2. Richard says:

    After driving through Texas numerous time in a semi, and yes through Odessa on Interstate 20 many time, I can’t tell why the number isn’t higher then it is. The traffic in the entire state is terrible but around Dallas-Fortworth it was the worst. It is rush hour around there all day long. I am glad that they are doing something about this now it is just to bad it took so many deaths.

  3. Michael says:

    Will the Odessa Law practice go to other parts of Texas for law suits and things? I am in Waco and I have had problems here with traffic related issues and the law firms that I have contacted were not a big help at all. I want some one that will fight for me and win not set back and let the problem continue. Thank you for this article your right it rocks.

  4. Meghan says:

    Good question. Yes, of course! Mr. Fugit will be happy to travel to Waco to represent you. He is licensed to represent clients throughout the entire state of Texas. He represented a client against Nicky Sheets in Dallas. There was a spread in December of 2008 DMagazine about it.

  5. Meghan says:

    Have to agree with you about how dreadful it is that there are so many auto accident deaths. Hopefully if we put our heads together, we can do something about it. 😉

  6. Meghan says:

    Thank you for commenting on the website. We appreciate it. Mr. Fugit’s primary purpose in life is to serve the public. He used to be a Judge – so – he really DOES understand both sides of the law (the way the public sees things & the reason why laws are structured the way they are).

  7. Grant says:

    Those accident statistics are very eye opening. There is nothing more sobering than the cold hard facts about traffic fatalities. I hope the task force accomplishes its objective and that the number of fatalities are reduced as a result. I think that this increase is due to texting while driving and not just texting, but all of the other things that drivers tend to do when they are on the road, including tailing too close.

  8. James says:

    Grant you are right the texting while driving is really getting bad but the other things that people do are just as bad. They eat while driving, put on their make-up, simply talking on the phone is getting to where it is very distracting as well. People aren’t coordinated enough to do more than one thing at a time on the road.

  9. Joseph says:

    Thank you Mr. Fugit for doing this, I hope that more law firms will see this as a real problem as you have and help us get it fixed, you have done a great job with this article and I hope with your efforts more and more cases are won and this kind of fatality crashes will stop. Is there any way to help you get the word out beside just word of mouth?

  10. Edward says:

    Like Joseph said I hope that more law firms will get on this band wagon and help with this issue as well. You are doing an incredible job here and I hope that you are successful in your mission to improve the traffic fatalities in your area, I need to get this information out in our area and see if anyone will do the same thing.

  11. Kim says:

    Thank you for doing something about this, as much as you can anyway. Why is it that a certain amount of people have to die before they put up a traffic light at an intersection or start to do something like this to resolve it? I don’t understand that little value that people have for human life, it just makes no sense to me at all.

  12. Bessie says:

    Who decides when they will put up a street light? Is it the City, State, County or just some organization? I have often wondered how they regulate those things and which ones will be sensors and which one timers etc. now they even have to factor in the camera lights as well. I was just curious if they are the ones to blame for this big mess.

  13. Barbara says:

    Kim is right I have noticed even in our area which is by no means the size of Texas but the road or traffic companies will scope out an intersection that they are thinking about putting a light at and they will wait and see how many wrecks happen there before installing one. I am sure the fatality wrecks counts as more points or something, it’s crazy the way they do things.

  14. Peggie says:

    It surprises me that they first had to look at the road conditions before saying that it wasn’t the conditions that caused the accidents. People doing stupid stuff behind the wheel is what causes the accidents. Conditions would have to be really bad in order for it to cause something like this to happen. Thank you for posting this, very interesting.

  15. Mary says:

    The drive smart plan sounds like a great idea but the problem is people think they know everything and this kind of thing wouldn’t happen to them because they have it under control. So what do you do about people like that? I wish they would make it a requirement to get a drivers license, you have to set through the class and test out.

  16. Linda says:

    James it is interesting that you brought up the eating while driving thing, I have actually seen a semi driver eating while he was driving but it was with a plate and a fork, so you tell me how was he holding on to the stirring wheel? I can honestly say he wasn’t I watched him do it. You know it is bad when you have people crossing themselves before getting on the highway.

  17. Freda says:

    I read Mary’s post so I had to go back and see what it said about the “drive smart program, what was described in the article that it was is just common sense. Following the traffic laws, like stopping at stop signs and things like that just seems like the right thing to do, why do you think they re there in the first place if not to save your life and others.

  18. Lewis says:

    Linda, you have go to be kidding me, he was eating with a plate and a fork while driving? I think I would have had to call that into the police because that size of a vehicle will definitely kill someone that they get into a crash with. You are talking 80 thousand pounds compared to a 3000 pound vehicle. They mad cell phones illegal for the professional driver so why not eating?

  19. Darren says:

    Safe Driving is really just common sense isn’t it? I have heard of schools that teach drivers education to kids that offer discounts and things to the kids for safe driving. The insurance companies are also always offering discounts for safe driving as well, that tells me that it is bad out there because no one is following safe driving guidelines if they have to offer discounts.

  20. Meghan says:

    Thanks for you level of interest in traffic accidents. If you’re ever in one – just contact Odessa Law Practice at 432-301-9252 & Mr. Fugit will fight for your financial rights. Believe me – although you’ll need the services of caring health practitioners – they don’t come cheap. So, call us & we’ll be on your side.

    Also, if you’d like to read more about Motran’s Drive Smart Program – go to: And, keep in touch. We appreciate you!

  21. Joye says:

    Darren, your right driving safe is just common sense and people are not doing it. If the discount is big enough it does help as an incentive to people but there shouldn’t have to be any incentive at all. People don’t stop to think that they are powering a 3000 pound piece of metal and how that can affects others if you hit them. You are literally driving a weapon.

  22. Kathleen says:

    I think it is great that they are offering this course there are people that I know that should definitely take it. I also think that anyone hired on at a job to drive should be required to take it as well. There are too many professional drivers out there that are driving like it is Nascar or something. People take too many chances with their lives in cars.

  23. Benjamin says:

    There are so many people these days misrepresented when they go to court for this matter. Last time I went to court the person with me just kept antagonizing the Judge and I got more trouble than I needed. If this will take care of that good enough and keep people out of court it will be worth it. Thank you for the politeness of your article.

  24. Benjamin says:

    I was just reading this morning about a truck that had 24 people in it and they were driving along when the truck started losing and they ran into some trees and 14 of them ended up dead. How did he get 24 people in that tuck in the first place, that right there is not driving safe, because the only way was if they were in the back.

  25. Phillip says:

    If someone would have said back in the year 2000 that you had better get your legal papers soon, before it becomes harder to get a VISA or student VISA or citizenship, many would have dismissed such a claim to be paranoia or conspiracy theory. Then we all know what happened: the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001. Ever since then, it is so difficult and time consuming to get legal access in the U.S..

  26. Tami says:

    I didn’t think it was all that possible to obtain a green card anymore – at least, not since the events of 911 which forever changed the United States policies, including those for immigration. I thought the only way to get a green card was to get married with a U.S. citizen and live with that person for over a year or however long the evaluation process lasts.

  27. Meghan says:

    24 People in the truck?? That sounds crazy! Not only for the driver – but – he got 24 people to agree to get in a truck at one time. Wonder what they were smoking?

    I’m sure that the driver will be charged to the full extent of the law. If anyone of you are in a situation like this (well – not exactly like this!), you would need the services of a lawyer. The insurance companies will only pay out a certain amount Unless they are made to pay more. The only way to make them “Pay up” – is if you have an attorney on your side. To fight for your rights.

    Be sure and contact an attorney if something strange happens to you. You may never know what your legal rights are & a lawyer can guide you on that. If it happens in the state of Texas – Call us at: 432-301-9252 & make an appointment. You may also use our contact form on the blog here. 😉

  28. Meghan says:

    I won’t argue with you – it is more difficult & time consuming to get a VISA or apply for citizenship. The services of a lawyer will make the job smoother for you.

    I might add that it’s also difficult for US citizens to visit other countries now too. My daughter’s best friend wanted to spend a year in Sweden & our wonderful government wouldn’t give her a VISA – so she couldn’t go. (This kid had never been in any trouble with the law or anything, either.) They only give out so many Visa’s & when they’re done – they’re done for the rest of the year

    So, make plans accordingly. And – get the best legal advice out there possible.

  29. Meghan says:

    Oh Yes – it IS possible to get a Green Card. But, you have to know the law and how to jump through the hoops that immigration makes you jump through. One doesn’t have to get married to a US citizen to obtain citizenship here. There are several ways to legally live in the US. It’s important to check with a lawyer to make sure you do it right. The last thing you’d want to do is be caught & sent back. Then, you get put on their “Blacklist” – never to return!

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