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Car Accident Reports
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ALL of these agencies use the the Texas DOT CRIS (Crash Report Information System) and so obtaining a copy of your report from any of them is relatively easy.
Odessa Accident Reports Online
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History of Accidents in Odessa
The West Texas town of Odessa, located in the Permian Basin not far from the New Mexico Border, is home to around 116,000 residents. Accident rates in Odessa over the past five years are in line with other cities of its size overall, but Odessa has demonstrated some interesting trends in volume changes year-on-year. Many of these trends run in the face of national ones. At the same time, the patterns established in other West Texas cities like nearby Midland have much more in common with Odessa than those from other regions around the state or the country.
You can see evidence of this when comparing volume changes in Odessa from 2014 through 2018, especially when compared to the rest of the United States. Nationally, accident volumes started relatively low in 2014, rose to a high point in 2016, and then began a slow decline in 2017 and 2018. Yet in West Texas this pattern is often reversed. Odessa's accident rates begin at 2,698 in 2014, which comes in as the second-highest for the five-year period. 2015 and 2016 saw accidents drop off significantly, first to 2,513 in 2015 and then 1,901 in 2016. After this low point, however, Odessa experienced much higher accident rates, first 2,407 in 2017 and then 3,510 in 2018.
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History of Fatalities in Odessa
Meanwhile, fatalities in Odessa over the past five years buck national trends, which exhibited the same sharp rise and slow dropoff that accident volumes did. What Odessa's fatal accident data does show us, however, is that it's consistent with its own local volume trends by starting at a midpoint, dipping down to a low point, and then rocketing upward once more. There were 21 deaths in 2014, which is in and of itself high for a city of that size and with the number of accidents occurring. Yet fatalities went down to 16 in 2015 and then to 12 in 2016. These might have been still on the high side, but they were much preferable to 2017 and 2018 fatality figures, which rose back up to 15 and 17 for each respective year.
What, exactly, is going on in Odessa? Additionally, why do other Permian Basin cities like Midland exhibit accident trends in similar or almost identical patterns? One possible answer is the type of accidents that are more prevalent in these cities. Instances of drunk driving in Odessa have been found to be quite high; while the total number may be dwarfed by the number of DUI's in a large city like Houston, on a per-capita basis Odessa leads, unfortunately, leads the pack. Midland's per-capita DUI numbers are almost as high, indicating that these two cities share more than just being geographical neighbors.
West Texas can be a lonely place. The Permian Basin stretches far and wide, and many of its cities boom and bust with oil production. With gas prices dropping in 2015, this could have led to a localized recession even as it made it more affordable to own a car for the rest of the country -- something that's thought to have played a role in increasing national accident rates. It makes sense that Odessa and other close-by cities might have had the opposite.