According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic-related fatalities went down slightly in 2017 from 2016.
According to the NHTSA:
- In 2016, there were 3,797 traffic-related fatalities in Texas
- In 2017, there were 3,711 traffic-related fatalities in Texas
Percentage-wise, there were .7 percent fewer fatalities in 2017 than there were in 2016.
Only one state had more fatal accidents than Texas in 2016-California. There were 3,837 traffic-related fatalities that year. However, in 2017, Texas had more traffic-related fatalities than any other state.
Both years, 39 percent of fatal accidents involved alcohol-impaired driving. Only Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Rhode Island had the same percentage or more.
Despite this positive news, it is important to remember that thousands of car accidents occur every year in Texas, and a large percentage could be prevented. Distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and reckless driving are all types of negligent driving that can cause serious injuries and deaths.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas has had more than 3,000 traffic-related fatalities every year since 2003-and perhaps longer.
Texas still has a long way to go when it comes to roadway safety. It is important for every driver to pay attention behind the wheel, respect other drivers, and take driving seriously.
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