In 2016, there were 3,400 fatal crashes on Texas highways and 175,000 injury accidents.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas had the highest number of traffic fatalities of any state in 2015. Texas also leads the country in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. California is a distant second. Statistics also show that traffic injuries and fatalities have increased more than 20% in the past six years.
Law enforcement officials attribute the rise in injuries and fatalities is due to unsafe speeds, alcohol, lack of seatbelt use, and distracted driving. Officials also note that Texas is unique because it has higher speed limits in parts of the state, a growing population, a healthy economy, and low gas prices. Thus, there are more drivers on the road and more opportunities for accidents.
The increase in traffic fatalities is not unique to Texas. Nationwide, fatalities are on the rise. NHTSA noted a substantial increase in automobile passenger deaths, as well as deaths of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Almost half of the automobile passengers that lost their lives were not wearing seatbelts.
For over 66 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for their clients. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling (713) 222-7211 or toll free at 713-222-7211.