Report Shows Increase in Fatal Accidents

Report Shows Increase in Fatal Accidents

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

It's no secret that the roads in the Permian Basin are deadly. A new accident report just released by the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance is revealing just how dangerous our roads really are.

"It's pretty dangerous. There's a lot more people than there has been over the years," said Johnathon Cross, a local driver.

More people and poor infrastructure, two of the main reasons the Permian Basin has been pegged one of the most dangerous places to drive in Texas.

"I think a lot of that comes back to having infrastructure network here that was largely ignored over the years," said James Beauchamp with MOTRAN.

According to a recent report released by MOTRAN, the number of crashes and fatalities are up.

"If you look at crashes, they're up between 900 and 1,000 additional crashes just in Midland and Ector County from 2013 through the end of 2014," said Beauchamp.

In comparison to the state average, you're three times more likely to die in a car crash in the Permian Basin than in the entire state.

"We saw our high point in fatalities from 2011-2013. There was about a 100% increase here just in Midland and Ector County," said Beauchamp.

Last year, drivers drove over a million more miles on Permian Basin roads than in 2013, yet another reason for an increase in crashes.

"All of those additional cars going 1.6 million additional miles each and every day in a very constrained area," said Beauchamp.

Locals said it boils down to drivers breaking the law.

"Be more courteous and obey the speed limits," said Adna Salcido, a local driver.