Semi-Truck Accidents Remain Major Cause of Injury on Midland Roadways
The Lone Star State has a disproportionate share of automobile accidents involving a semi-truck than nearly anywhere else in the United States. Focusing more “close to home,” Midland and the surrounding area itself has a semi-truck and passenger vehicle accident rate that typically is ahead of the average in the state of Texas. As a result, while Midland has many attributes to be proud of, the relatively high number of roadway accidents involving semi-trucks is a terribly grim statistic.
Midland Accident Statistics Involving a Passenger Vehicle & Semi-Truck
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2020 that traffic accidents are yet again a “primary public safety issue.” This remains the case when the Midland-Odessa area sees more than its share of workplace and industrial accidents and, more recently, challenging community-wide issues associated with infectious disease.
Approximately 34,000 accidents occur on Texas roadways each year in which at least one vehicle involved is a semi-truck. As mentioned, Midland has a higher percentage of these types of accidents when contrasted with the rest of the state. The industrial as well as oil and gas facilities in the area play a role in the higher rate of commercial truck accidents in and around Midland.
Over 6,000 people are injured annually in accidents involving commercial trucks, the victims rarely being the rig operators. Approximately 1,100 people involved in accidents with semi-trucks each year in Texas end up with incapacitating injuries, including permanent disabilities. Nearly 600 people die annually in accidents involving semis.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there are two primary types of locations in and around Midland where serious accidents involving a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck occur. These include highways or more other type or more open roads when a semi crosses the median. According to the Midland Reporter-Herald, the second more commonplace type of zone where these oftentimes deadly accidents occur is at intersections in Midland, specifically:
Loop 250 and Midkiff Road
Big Spring and Loop 250
Loop 250 and Midland
Midkiff and Wadley
Big Spring and Scharbauer
Top Causes of Midland Semi-Truck Accidents
There are a considerable number of different types of primary cause for Midland semi-truck accidents. Having said that, the most commonplace underlying causes of Midland commercial truck accidents are:
Distracted big rig operator
Fatigued semi-truck driver
Impaired semi driver
Commercial truck mechanical failure
Rig traveling at speed in excess of weather conditions
Most Common Injuries from a Midland Semi-Truck Accident
In addition to common underlying causes of Midland semi-truck accidents, there is also a spectrum of more frequent types of injuries sustained by an individual involved in a collision with a big rig. These include:
Traumatic brain injury
Massive internal injuries
Permanent physical disability or impairment
Emotional anguish and psychological distress (PTSD, depression, anxiety)
The stark reality about a Midland big rig accident is that an injured person is apt to face an extended period of time in recovery and rehabilitation. If you’re the victim of a semi accident, you may face the ongoing need for medical care and treatment. You may be unable to work for an extended period of time. These realities play a role in the amount of compensation to which you are entitled as a result of injuries sustained in a Midland commercial truck accident.
Your Legal Rights After a Midland Semi-Truck Accident