Four people are dead following a head-on collision on a rural Texas highway north of Nacogdoches. All of those involved in the crash died as a result. The cause of the accident is unclear at this time.
The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that four people died in a car crash about three miles north of Appleby, Texas, a small rural community. The collision occurred on Highway 59 just after 3:00 am.
According to authorities, a 2011 Chevrolet SUV was traveling south on the highway when it crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 2017 Nissan passenger car headed in the opposite direction. Authorities say they don’t know why the Chevrolet crossed into oncoming traffic.
All four of those involved in the crash were pronounced dead at the scene. The Chevrolet was being driven by a 63-year-old man; the Nissan was being driven by a 32-year-old woman and was carrying two passengers – two men who were 31- and 41-years-old.
How Deadly Are Rural Texas Car Accidents
Unfortunately, there’s no denying that Texas has room to improve when it comes to roadway safety. In fact, Texas is among the most dangerous states for drivers in the country. Part of the reason for this is the overall rate of car accidents, which has increased over the past decade. Along with that increase came an increase in rural car accident fatalities.
In 2010, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported that there were 1,477 rural crash fatalities. By contrast, in 2019, there were 1,637 such fatalities, an increase of nearly 10%. In that same period, overall Texas car accident fatalities increased by nearly 15%. This means that more Texas car accident fatalities are occurring in urban areas over time.
However, this doesn’t give us a full picture of rural fatality rates in Texas. While it’s true that urban areas in Texas are growing, this doesn’t illustrate how rural accidents themselves have changed over time. Between 2010 and 2019, rural accident fatalities hovered between 1,400 and 1,800. In that same time period, overall rural accidents increased steadily from 97,392 to 138,377. This represents an increase of nearly 30% and a 20% greater increase than that seen by fatalities. This shows that while rural accidents are becoming more common, they also may be becoming less deadly.
To avoid rural car accidents, you can familiarize yourself with the behaviors and situations which can make country roads more dangerous. Below, you can read about the most common causes of rural car accidents so that you can avoid these situations in your own life:
- Poor speed control
- Low speed
- Faulty evasive maneuvers
- Drinking and driving
- Driving in multiple lanes
While driving on country roads can be difficult, avoiding behaviors that can make this task riskier is the first step to staying safe.
If you’ve been involved in an urban or rural car accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, for help seeking legal relief.