Midland-Odessa, TX (PRWEB) April 16, 2013
A significant oil and gas boom in West Texas, especially the shale plays in the Permian Basin, has led to a significant increase in traffic, which has led to a significant increase in the number of fatal accidents, according to statistics released by the Texas Department of Transportation. Residents of the area must be aware of their right to recover in case of an accident, said Ben Bronston, Midland-Odessa auto accident attorney.
"More business for the oil and gas industry inevitably means more oil and gas workers, and they often are driving along the highways in West Texas," Bronston said. "If West Texas residents or oil and gas workers are injured by an irresponsible driver, they have a right to recover or, in the worst case scenario, their family has a right to recover for their loved one's wrongful death."
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) released statistics March 1, 2013, saying that traffic fatalities increased 27 percent in 2012 over 2011 in the 58-county Permian Basin energy sector region, with a total of 320 deaths and 4,128 serious or fatal accidents. TxDOT attributed the increase to the surge in oil and gas production in West Texas. Speeding and driver inattention were the lead causes of the accidents, according to TxDOT.
The increase has led TxDOT to begin a "Be Safe. Drive Smart." campaign in West Texas.
“When a driver is speeding or not paying attention to the road, the driver is being negligent,” Bronston said. “When the driver’s negligence result in an accident, the victim may seek justice in civil court with the help of an auto accident lawyer, particularly a West Texas auto accident lawyer who is already familiar with the area where the accident occurred,” he continued.
“On the long stretches of road in the Permian Basin, drivers often go very fast. The faster a vehicle travels, the more likely a crash involving that vehicle will be fatal,” Bronston said. “When the victim of an accident dies, the victim’s family may seek compensation for their loved one’s wrongful death,” Bronston said.
Ben Bronston currently represents the families of victims of a fatal crash in Odessa (KWES "UPDATE: Officials Release Names of Victims Involved in Fatal Accident in Odessa," March 26, 2013).
"This was a horrific accident at Yukon and Loop 338 in which three people were killed," Bronston said. "The families will never have their loved ones back, but I will fight to make sure they are compensated for their loss."
Bronston strongly discouraged the victims of Midland-Odessa auto accidents or their families from accepting settlement offers without consulting an auto accident attorney.
"Insurance and big energy companies are looking out for their bottom line," Bronston said. "They're going to offer victims the lowest possible settlement they believe they can get away with. An experienced West Texas motor vehicle accident attorney can fight insurance and big energy companies to get the maximum compensation for their loss."
Ben Bronston, of Ben Bronston & Associates, is a Permian Basin auto accident attorney who represents victims of auto accidents throughout West Texas.