Because of its sheer size, population, and number of roadways, a serious or even fatal accident can take place in any corner of the Lone Star State. While densely populated metro areas like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin have high rates of car accidents, more than half of all fatal traffic collisions happen in rural parts of the state.
With over 13 million drivers and more than 313,000 miles of public roads, Texas has the most roadway miles of any state, as well as the nation’s busiest interstate highways. Unfortunately, Texas also is in the lead for most traffic fatalities in the country.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured as the result of a car accident caused by another negligent party, you can confide in the dedicated Houston car accident lawyers of Lapeze & Johns to help you secure the compensation you need to recover. It is our desire to help you obtain peace of mind and the quality of life you once had.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Texas
For the last 19 years, Texas has seen at least one car accident fatality every day. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by preventable actions including speeding, failure to stay in the right lane, alcohol, and distracted driving. In most instances, there are several contributing factors, such as the individual speeding and texting while behind the wheel.
In 2018, the states of Texas and California had the highest rates of car crashes. Houston, itself, was listed in the top five cities for DUI deaths in 2017. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that nearly 1,500 lives were lost to drunk driving accidents that same year.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), DUI statistics for 2017 showed that:
- 910 fatal DUI collisions caused 1,024 DUI fatalities
- 1,594 suspected severe DUI crashes led to 2,169 suspected serious injuries
- 3,530 possible injury DUI accidents ended up with 5,841 possible DUI injuries
- Distracted driving killed 449 individuals
Due to the high risk of distracted driving, Texas has now made it a requirement for adolescents to take a driver’s ed course and complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers program to spread awareness about the issue.
Attempts to End the Deadly Streak in Texas
TxDOT has made it their official goal to try to stop all fatalities on Texas roadways by 2050. The Texas Transportation Commission agreed to this and wants to budget $600 million over the next two years in an effort to improve state roads for not only drivers, but for pedestrians and cyclists as well.
Regardless of what may transpire, Texans have full responsibility to drive safely, share the road, and focus on practicing safer driving habits. Every Texan can do their part in ending the state’s streak of fatal accidents by:
- Always wearing their seatbelt
- Following the speed limit and all other rules
- Not texting or using their phone while driving
- Not driving while distracted
- Never driving after using alcohol or drugs
Trustworthy Car Accident Lawyers of Houston
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car accident caused by another driver’s negligent actions, the right lawyer can help you attain justice and the compensation you are eligible to. The Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns are ready to fight for your rights, so you can recover properly.
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If you’ve been involved in a car accident in the Houston metro area, call the attorneys of Lapeze & Johns now at (713) 766-0075 for a FREE consultation.