Be Safe. Drive Smart.

Texas is a big energy-producing state with a lot of big trucks. Semis, trailers and tankers mix with rural farmers and ranchers to produce heavy truck traffic in the state’s energy sectors. The Energy Sector Safety Campaign is under the umbrella of Be Safe. Drive Smart. and focuses on reminding drivers to be extra cautious when driving through Texas energy sectors.

Crash Data

Motorists traveling through energy sectors make up a large number of the state’s traffic fatalities. In 2018, there were 199,428 traffic crashes in the state's five major oil and gas production regions, resulting in 1,680 fatalities and 6,196, serious injuries. The leading contributors for those crashes were failure to control speed and driver inattention. Below is a breakdown of crashes per energy region for 2018:

  • Barnett Shale: 109,539 traffic crashes resulted in 710 fatalities and 3,396 serious injuries.
  • Eagle Ford Shale: 22,304 traffic crashes resulted in 265 fatalities and 803 serious injuries.
  • Granite Wash: 8,665 traffic crashes resulted in 86 fatalities and 324 serious injuries.
  • Haynesville/Bossier Shale: 9,512 traffic crashes resulted in 134 fatalities and 352 serious injuries.
  • Permian Basin: 49,408 traffic crashes resulted in 485 fatalities and 1,321 serious injuries.

Texas oil and gas production continues to rise. Areas booming with energy-related activity typically see more traffic and large trucks on the roads which results in more traffic crashes. While just 7% of Texans live in the Permian Basin, 13% of all the state’s 2018 traffic fatalities occurred there.

Safety Tips

Drivers should be aware of special challenges in energy work zones such as sharing the road with heavy trucks and tankers engaged in oil and gas activity. Drivers should expect the unexpected, stay alert and watch for other vehicles, especially heavy trucks that have limited sight, move at slower speeds and require a greater distance to make a full stop. Following these basic safety precautions may help to save a life:

  • Always buckle up, all riders, day and night
  • Drive a safe speed for traffic, road and weather conditions
  • Put your phone away and focus 100 percent on driving
  • Give trucks space
  • Be careful when passing and only pass if necessary
  • Stop for all stop signs and red lights

Never drive while under the influence alcohol, drugs or while taking medications that may cause drowsiness. Move over or slow down when lights are flashing on law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, tow trucks or other vehicles that may be stopped along the side of the road.