Everyday, millions of Texans take to the roads. Despite how often most of us get behind the wheel, we often don’t think of how dangerous the roadways in Texas are. The reality is that Texas roadways continue to see tragic accidents on a regular basis. In fact, it’s been over 18 years since Texas has gone a day without a traffic fatality.
The last day Texas went without a traffic fatality was on November 7, 2000. In the time since that day, advances in technology have made cars safer than ever before; however, these new safety features have not prevented a catastrophic number of traffic accidents. Since November 2007, there have been over 66,000 traffic fatalities in Texas. Texas is a big state and has thousands of miles of roadways. While it makes sense the state would see more traffic fatalities than other smaller states, Texas roadways are particularly dangerous.
Texas roads are particularly dangerous because of the lax safety culture across the state. The state has struggled to implement safety measures such as traffic cameras and cell phone bans that help encourage safer driving habits. It wasn’t until September 2017 that a statewide ban on texting and driving went into effect. Even with its passage, the ban has some extreme limitations. The ban only prohibits the use of cell phones to transmit communications. This means drivers can still use their phones to watch videos and program GPS systems while behind the wheel.
Death On Texas Roadways
Distracted driving and other reckless driving behaviors are particularly tragic. Not only do they put drivers at risk, but they also put other pedestrians, passengers, and motorists at risk of serious injury or even death. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sargent Oscar Villarreal, “99.7% of crashes are preventable.” Despite this, many drivers choose to engage in dangerous driving behaviors anyway.
To fight roadway deaths, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is encouraging drivers to participate in its “End The Streak” campaign. The campaign takes aim at car accident deaths caused by speeding, drinking and driving, and/or distracted driving. TxDOT is encouraging individuals who have lost a loved one in a car accident to share their stories on social media to remind drivers of the lasting consequences of dangerous driving behaviors.
Texas Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a Texas car accident, Dax. F. Garza, P.C. can help. Our Texas car accident attorneys provide free consultations to victims and their families so we can explain your legal rights. Call us today to schedule an appointment.