The population of communities surrounding the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota has reportedly doubled since oil production has increased over the past several years. There are growing concerns, however, about the safety of residents as they travel the roadways within these communities. Over the past few years, the numbers of reported truck accidents have climbed considerably.
The emergency manager for McKenzie County has called for an extensive study of a new section of Highway 85. The North Dakota highway expansion has helped ease the congestion that resulted from the exponential growth the area has undergone since the development of the Bakken oil fields. However, there have been multiple serious collisions, including truck accidents, since the upgrades have opened to traffic.
Many truckers throughout the country may sometimes feel pressured to take shortcuts or bend some rules in order to make deadlines and increase pay. However, North Dakota big rig drivers may take risks that put themselves and fellow motorists at serious risk of injury or death. Many of these truckers practice what is called hauling heavy.
A North Dakota family is mourning the loss of a woman after she suffered fatal injuries in a traffic accident. Authorities are still piecing together the evidence to determine what led to the collision involving an 18 wheeler and her passenger car. The victim was 36 years old.
North Dakota has oilfields, open spaces and lonely highways. It also has its fair share of traffic fatalities. One man recently became the latest victim of a big rig accident.
In North Dakota, it is possible that the recent influx of car and truck accidents could be related to the fracking industry. While not all truck accidents can be connected to the boom in oil and gas production in the state, the number of fatal accidents in fracking states across the country has increased four times over. The rate of these tragic accidents continues to rise, despite the fact that new advances and better designs have made roads safer than ever.
The old saying is that two wrongs don't make a right. That saying might well apply to a truck accident south of Billings late last week.