On average, a person is involved in an auto accident once every 10 years. However, some states are worse than others for drivers. For example, Texas is home to the second-deadliest road in the nation with Interstate 45, which averages 56.5 fatal accidents per 100 miles, according to the Houston Chronicle. Within Texas, Houston is the most dangerous city with 51 fatal crashes from 2011 to 2015.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, contact our Houston car accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500 to find out how we can help you.
Texans Ranked Number One For Having the Worst Drivers
Although Texas law requires all drivers to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, that doesn’t always happen. A combination of higher speed limits, long commutes, and reckless driving behaviors make Texas a particularly risky place for drivers. In fact, Texas hasn’t had a day without a traffic fatality in over 15 years and recently tied Louisiana as having the worst drivers in the nation.
The rankings are the result of a study conducted by Car Insurance Comparison, which used National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics to evaluate a variety of factors including road fatality rates, failure to obey traffic laws, drunk driving accidents, and speeding-related crashes, and distracted driving. The study helps shed light on why Texas has seen an increase in the number of crash-related injuries and fatalities over the past four years.
Motor Vehicle Fatalities and Injuries in Texas On the Rise
Overall, more than 50,000 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes in Texas during the past 15 years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). To compare that with California, a state with a considerably larger population, Texas has had 300 more traffic deaths per year over that time period.
State officials from TxDOT indicate that the leading cause of crash-related fatalities are the failure to stay in one lane, alcohol, and speeding. When you mix inclement weather, distracted driving, alcohol, and an average highway speed of 78.3 mph, the consequences can be catastrophic.
According to the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT), the number of vehicle crashes resulting in injuries and deaths jumped dramatically in 2012 and have been on the rise ever since. Coincidentally, 2012 is also the year Texas began to raise the average highway speed limits above 55 mph.
Based on the most recent data from the TxDOT, 17,011 people were seriously injured in traffic accidents and 3,536 were killed in 2015 alone. This means that, on average, a person is killed every two hours and injured every two minutes on Texas roadways. Of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes, an alarming 27 percent lost their lives in an accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver.
Experienced Representation for Your Houston Car Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by another person’s negligence, it is important to speak with an experienced Houston car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has nearly 50 years of experience handling a broad range of motor vehicle accidents, and we understand what it takes to build the strongest possible arguments in support of your claim.
We fight to obtain the maximum possible compensation in every personal injury case and are committed to providing exceptional client service at every stage of the legal process. Our goal is to help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses so that you can put your accident behind you.
Contact us today at (281) 283-8500 to receive a free, no-risk case evaluation.