The economy continues to remain dire for many parts of the country. South Texas, however, is one of the fortunate areas experiencing growth and job opportunities.
Oil companies have recently discovered pockets of oil and natural gas within Eagle Ford Shale. As a result McMullen County and surrounding areas have turned into-what some would call-a circus. Several oil companies are opening new field offices and a continuous rush of trucks and equipment haulers have inundated the area.
There's no doubt that the energy boom has brought hope and economic prosperity to many struggling with the effects of the recession, however, the saturation of heavy trucks and machinery have also resulted in more auto accidents.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, accidents involving commercial trucks in the Eagle Shale area have soared. Trucking accidents in La Salle County, for instance have increased a whopping 418 percent since 2008. Residents of McMullen County report that, instead of one auto accident fatality per year, there is an auto accident every week.
The TxDot attributes the frequency to a number of factors but say they have found many truck drivers ignoring construction zone signs. Others argue that it's because drivers aren't adhering to the speed limits.
State officials say they are taking proactive measures to keep the roads as safe as possible.
Source: MySA.com, Deadly crashes keep adding up as area sees more truck traffic, Jennifer Hiller, Aug 14, 2012