According to a recent report by The National Safety Council, preliminary traffic fatality data from March 2020 shows that as Americans began driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads became more lethal. Researchers compiled traffic fatality data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Researchers reported an eight percent decrease in the overall number of fatalities in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The number of miles driven also decreased by 18.6 percent compared to the previous year. However, the death rate per 100 million vehicle miles driven was 1.22 in March, up from 1.07 in March 2019. This represents a 14 percent increase in fatality rates per miles driven in March compared to March 2019.
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For the past six weeks, most Austin drivers welcomed the open roads throughout the city mainly due to recent COVID-19 lockdown orders. Fewer drivers on the road eased the city's congestion, allowing drivers to get to places much faster than times before the state's stay-at-home orders went into effect. While streets and traffic congestion seem to have largely diminished, car crashes resulting in serious injuries have spiked within the city's limits during this time.
It is no secret that the Houston Metropolitan area leads the nation in fatal crashes involving impaired drivers. Between 2001 and 2016, the Houston area (a nine-county region) had more fatal crashes caused by intoxicated drivers than any other major metropolitan area in the country. Fortunately, with the help of technology, law-makers, law enforcement, and advocacy organizations, there has been a decrease across the nation in the number of drunken driving deaths in the last several years. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of drugged driving deaths.
At least one person has died on Texas roads every day since November 7, 2000. Fatalities are on the rise despite the Texas Department of Transportation's and the Texas Transportation Commission's efforts to "end the streak."
In January 2018, an armored truck driver in Arlington, Texas, made an unexpected left-hand turn, hitting and killing a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist's family filed a lawsuit against the security company that employed the driver, arguing that the company had a history of failing to adequately vet, train, and supervise its drivers.
In December 2018, a Dallas jury returned a $25 million wrongful death verdict against a club in Dallas. In reaching its verdict, the jury found that the club over-served former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, who flipped his Mercedes, killing his friend and teammate Jerry Brown.
As reported by the Houston Chronicle earlier this year, Houston has the deadliest roads and drivers of any major metropolitan area in America. It is no secret that Houston's streets are particularly dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians are significantly more common in Houston than the national average, and we have reported a number of hit-and-run fatalities involving pedestrians in these pages.
A disregard for speed limits and Texas Transportation Code laws can cost lives and cause injuries, as was the case with 17-year-old Zachary Escobar, a pedestrian. On the night of December 29, 2015, Defendant was operating a Mercedes SUV well in excess of the posted speed limit on Sendera Ranch Drive in Montgomery County, Texas. Defendant negligently and with no regard for the safety and well-being of others struck and killed Zachary Escobar.
Last week, two Florida teens were killed and another was injured when their Tesla Model S vehicle went off the roadway, struck a concrete wall and burst into flames. The single-vehicle crash happened in a residential neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a posted speed limit of 35 mph. Both the driver and the front passenger, who was ejected from the vehicle, died at the scene. The rear passenger was also ejected from the vehicle and transported to the hospital following the crash. Although the incident is still under investigation, early reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Tesla indicate that the vehicle's speed, rather than the partial self-driving Autopilot system, was the key factor in the crash. According to Tesla, if the Autopilot system had been engaged, the vehicle's speed would have been limited to 35 mph or less in the residential neighborhood, which is inconsistent with eyewitness statements. Following the crash, the NTSB announced that they were sending four officials to investigate the fire that broke out after the vehicle hit the concrete wall.
Firm Partner Benny Agosto, has reached a confidential settlement against Chilos Seafood Restaurant Incorporated regarding an incident that occurred on January 12, 2015. The settlement brings a favorable end to the lawsuit seeking compensation for the death of Ms. Allison Gallegos and Mrs. Eliselda Martinez in a car crash.