• Rachel Ambler

Permian Basin Wrecks by the Numbers


The Texas Department of Public Safety tracks each wreck on Texas roads. The most recent reports are from 2020, the height of the COVID pandemic, when fewer vehicles were on the roads. Here are some of the sobering facts from the 2020 data:

  • Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 51.03% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,988 deaths in rural traffic crashes.

  • 3,896 died in crashes, an increase of 7.54% from 2019.

  • 865 people killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection.

  • 538 people killed in head-on crashes in 2020.

  • 205,498 persons were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. 14,656 sustained a serious, life-threatening injury.

  • 482 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) killed in 2020. Forty five percent were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

  • 958 people killed in crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 25% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

  • 368 people died in crashes involving distracted driving.

  • There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2020.


Texas DPS reports there were 414 fatal 18-wheeler crashes in Texas in 2020 with 284 of those in rural areas—like most of the roads here in the Permian Basin. Another 5,538 wrecks involved tractor-trailers resulted in injuries—almost half of those, 2,470, were in rural areas. Here is the specific 2020 data for commercial vehicle wrecks in some of the Permian Basin counties.

Fatalities

Injuries

Unknown Injuries

Total Wreck

Andrews

3

43

1

72

Crane

2

0

0

15

Crockett

5

33

1

39

Dawson

2

25

1

45

Ector

25

161

22

295

Gaines

0

10

0

22

Glasscock

2

7

0

10

Howard

9

58

6

107

Midland

12

210

22

360

Reeves

17

57

6

134

Ward

6

28

8

79

Winkler

10

37

3

63

Farm-to-Market roads, county roads, and State Highways are much more dangerous than driving on interstates or divided highways. Highway 285, from Carlsbad to Ft. Stockton, is known widely as "Death Highway."


NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, collates crash data from each state, breaking it down further by county. The most recent crash data is for 2020 and you can access the full report here:

NHTSA-2020-Texas-Stats
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Each colored dot below represents the location of a fatal wreck.









These are the numbers of wrecks caused by drunk driving in the county during 2020. A star means zero.









Take care during your travels, look out for other drivers, especially 18-wheelers and company trucks. If you or a loved one becomes a victim of car or truck wreck, don't be a victim twice. Get the help of an experienced, local attorney who knows the roads out here.


Rachel Ambler is a dedicated and experienced West Texas–Permian Basin accident and personal injury lawyer. She lives here and fights here. She can help you navigate the trying times following an accident. She works to get you what you are entitled to.


When you've been hurt in an accident, slip and fall, or in the oilfield, that's exactly what you want. Call AmblerLaw today, 432.203.0303.

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