A long suspected trend has more statistics to back it up: As the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom continues to grow, the oil field roads between Corpus Christi and San Antonio are becoming more and more deadly.
According to a new report by the Texas Department of Transportation just released last Friday, in the 23-county Eagle Ford Shale area, fatal traffic accidents have increased 40%, with 248 fatalities, and 2,723 crashes with fatal or serious injuries. 9% of these car accidents involved commercial vehicles, with some counties reporting increases of over ten times the previous year’s numbers.
In response, the Texas Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety and several oil and gas companies, is launching a new public education campaign to encourage safe driving in energy work zones: “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” The campaign focuses on basic safety precautions that sometimes fall by the wayside when in rural areas: drive a safe speed; pass carefully; always stop at red lights and stop signs; avoid using cell phones while driving; and of course, buckle up.
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If you’ve been injured in a car accident in the Eagle Ford Shale or Corpus Christi area, get a free consultation now with an experienced serious injury attorney from the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm. Robert Brunkenhoefer is committed to getting justice for those injured through no fault of their own, and has over 40 years experience representing car accident victims throughout the Eagle Ford Shale and Corpus Christi area, including Alice, Kingsville, San Antonio, Robistown, Portland, Kenedy, Three Rivers, Karns City, Quero, George West, Oakville, Whitsett, Peggy, Port Aransas, Rockport, Victoria, McAllen, Refugio, as well as throughout Bexar County, Cameron County, Nueces County, and Webb County. Call now, toll free: 1 (800) 888-8808.