Texas Leads Nation in Roadway Fatalities, Trucking Accidents
The state of Texas has achieved some dubious honors in the form of being one of the nation’s most dangerous states for drivers. This comes after the nation as a whole recorded the highest one-year jump in traffic accidents in the last fifty years.
The National Safety Council (NSC) released its review of 2015 traffic accident data which indicated that 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million were injured on the road last year. This is an 8% increases in deaths over the year before. In contrast, the number of deaths increased by only 0.5% from 2013 to 2014, and dropped by 3% from 2012 to 2013.
While the nationwide statistics are concerning, Texans should be particularly worried. Texas leads the country in auto accident deaths, recording 13.1 deaths per every 100,000 people. Additionally, the state recorded 3,538 deaths in 2014, the highest of any state. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), someone killed in a traffic accident every 2.5 hours in Texas, and injured every two minutes.
The state hasn’t had a single day without a traffic death in over 15 years. According to TxDOT, the state has recorded over 50,000 traffic fatalities in this millennium. In comparison, the state of California, which has 44% more people, has nearly 300 fewer traffic deaths per year.
So why is Texas so dangerous for drivers? State officials have blamed driver’s reluctance to wear seat belts as well as the prevalence of drunk driving. However, it is likely a matter of proportion. Texas has more space and therefore more roads than any other state in the Lower 48. Additionally, fatal accidents are more likely to occur on rural roads, where there may be little lighting, higher speeds, and bored drivers.
State officials blame drunk driving and seat belts. Also, issues with speed, large trucks. The majority of fatal accidents happen on rural road. Because of Texas’ size and rurality, this makes the state a prime location for fatal accidents.
TxDOT is attempting to bring attention to the problem by enacting the social media campaign, #EndTheStreak. The campaign urges drivers to end the streak of days without a traffic fatality by slowing down, wearing seat belts, and avoiding intoxicated driving. TxDot hopes the campaign will convince people to put their safety first and commit to breaking bad driving habits.
If you or a loved one were one of the millions of Texas injured in an auto accident, the attorneys at The Linebaugh Law Firm can help. Our team will put you and your family first, and will help you get justice for your injuries.