In 2013, the last year for which federal data is available, there were 499 fatal motorcycle accidents in Texas, representing about 10 percent of the total number of motorcycle fatalities in the United States. But what does this really mean? Is Texas more dangerous for motorcyclists than other states?
A recent article in the Houston Chronicle describes efforts made by the Houston Police Department to educate people about wrong-way driving accidents. Although such car accidents are relatively infrequent, they often result in catastrophic injury or death when they do occur. This is especially true on freeways and ramps, where speeds are likely to be much higher than on city streets.
Texas Road Construction Season Invites Reflection
Driving in Texas after road construction season begins can be frustrating. Drivers can spend lots of time sitting in traffic and moving very slowly. However, for a few Texas drivers, road construction season results in deadly accidents, not just irritation. In 2013, there were 115 fatalities in work zones on Texas roadways. Additionally, there were 3,528 serious injuries as a result of crashes at road construction sites.