On November 7, the Texas Department of Transportation marked a "grim milestone": "At least one person has died each and every day on Texas roads since November 7, 2000." That is sixteen years, or 5,845 days, without a day where no one has died in a motor vehicle crash in Texas. TxDOT has created an "#EndTheStreakTX" social media campaign to educate drivers "in an effort to end this tragic trend."
In an about-face after seven years of decline, traffic fatalities rose 5% in 2012 according to an analysis of preliminary state data by the National Safety Council. This is the first increase since 2004 to 2005, and many speculate there is a correlation between the improved national economy, a mild winter, and increased traffic on our roads. There are others who speculate that drivers were driving differently, and the economy put an increased number of bigger vehicles on the road - which are more often involved in serious injury and fatality wrecks.
Although there has been an overall decrease in the number of fatal car accidents nationwide, a comparison of national and Texas state statistics reveal that the pattern has not held true in Texas. There still appears to be a disproportionate number of people seriously injured or killed in car accidents on Texas highways.
Is your car helping you avoid car accidents? If it is a newer model of certain manufacturers it may be.
While the oil boom in Texas on Eagle Ford Shale and Barnet Shale is most welcome from an economic standpoint, the boom, unfortunately, has its drawbacks.
Texas could be the first state to have a posted speed limit of 85 miles per hour. But what impact would having the highest posted speed limit in the nation have on traffic safety and auto accidents? Legislators think it would actually make the roadway safer.
Is it possible that safer vehicle design is reducing the number of serious and even fatal car accidents on roadways throughout Texas and the nation? Safety advocates, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), think so.
This is the third post in a three-part series that is taking a closer look at the recent federal agency report that analyzes car accident data across the nation for 2010.
This is the second post in a three-part series that is taking a closer look at the recent federal agency report that analyzes car accident data across the nation for 2010.