Mid-December Saw an Increase in Traffic Fatalities in Odessa, TX

The roadways in and around Odessa, Texas have been very dangerous as of late, with several fatalities occurring throughout December. All of the accidents in the area are worrisome.

A Flurry of Accidents to Close the Year

One the 14th, two people passed away on West Loop 338. Failure to stop was the reason behind this particular accident. The driver of a Ranger did not stop at a stop light, which caused a collision, killing him as well as the passenger in the vehicle. The driver, Ruben Hinojos Gandara, and his passenger Paula Sanchez were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was heading west on West Eighth Street and did not see the red light at the intersection. This caused the accident with a Dodge Ram, according to the police report. The Dodge Ram’s driver, Carroll Carpenter, went to the hospital via ambulance, but the injuries were relatively minor.

The next day, in the early morning hours of the 15th, another man, Anthony Estrada, passed away in an accident. His vehicle went into westbound traffic on the FM 2020. The accident occurred shortly after 2AM. The vehicle he was driving, a 1998 Ford Mustang, veered into oncoming traffic and hit a Ford F-150. Authorities pronounced Estrada dead at the accident scene. He had been wearing his safety belt. The driver of the F-150, Humberto Linares, was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

A few hours after that accident, yet another person died in a traffic accident. Katlin Gaddy drove a Dodge Avenger on the FM 1788 near North Loop 40 when colliding with a Ford F-350. Reports were unclear of if Gaddy had on a seatbelt or not. The driver and the passenger of the F-350 suffered only minor injuries. Gaddy became the ninth person to die in an accident on the FM 1788 in 2013. The area around Odessa has seen 20 deaths in wrecks over the course of the year.

Drive Safely

Many accidents are preventable with the right precautions and the right attitude when getting behind the wheel. Pay attention to the road and to what other vehicles are doing around you. Take care when approaching stop signs and lights, as other drivers might not be paying attention, as evidenced by the first story in this post.

Keep the speeds under the limit, and if there is rain or ice that could make the roads slick, keep the speeds even lower to keep control of your vehicle. Do not drive while tired either, many early morning accidents are caused when one driver is tired and the car drifts to another lane or off the road. People coming home from a night at the bar could cause other early morning accidents. Do not do anything that could increase your risk for getting into a wreck.

Still, accidents will happen. If you have been in an accident, you need to have legal help to determine what recourse you might have. Get in touch with a qualified attorney who can help you.