Since 2008, the oil industry in Texas has been booming. This economic development has led to an increase in the number of trucks and other large vehicles on the roadways in Texas. However, many of these large trucks and cars are not driven safely. Between time pressures, mechanical problems and unqualified or intoxicated drivers, traffic deaths are increasing in Texas.
According to a recent report, traffic deaths increased by eight percent between 2009 and 2013, despite the fact that fatalities were down nationwide. During that same times, fatal truck accidents involving commercial drivers increased by 51 percent. Additionally, the Texas Department of Public Safety has conducted random checks of trucks on the roadways and has found that up to 30 percent of these commercial vehicles should not be on the roadways.