According to information gathered by safety organizations, including the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas State saw
an increase in fatal
car accidents. 2013’s number of 3,408 increased by roughly 4% up to 3,534, despite
recent law enforcement and advertising focus on safer driving habits.
All forms of car accidents, not just those involving fatalities, in Texas
were reported to have occurred once every
66 seconds; that’s just about one every minute.
Harris County, which includes the bustling city of Houston, had a fatal
car accident for every 100 million vehicle miles driven within its boundaries.
For a county with a population greater than 4.4 million people, this is
number is relatively low.
Using the Information to Our Benefit
Knowing the numbers might be harrowing but there is some good to understanding
them. Experts have been able to pinpoint some of the most prominent causes
of car accidents in Texas State. Learning more about them may help you
prevent them from happening.
Here are the top reasons why car accidents occurred in 2014, according
to the Texas Department of Transportation:
Speeding: 125,126 car accidents – including 452 fatalities and 15,405 severe
injuries – were caused by poor speeding habits.
Driver distraction: 103,446 car accidents were caused by a driver allowing themselves to become
distracted or inattentive, usually due to cellphone use.
No yield: Giving the right of way is critical for driver safety. 28,713 car accidents
occurred due to failing to yield to others at left turns, 23,807 due to
failing to yield at stop sign intersections, and another 22,613 were connected
to other varied forms of failing to yield.
Lack of lane control: 32,937 car wrecks were caused simply because a driver could not stay in
their own lane, sometimes drifting into oncoming traffic. Another 29,751
were caused by unsafe vehicle control when trying to change lanes, close
to 10% of which resulted in severe injury.
Tailgating: By failing to follow the 3-second rule and leaving space between vehicles,
Texas drivers caused 23,850 collisions and 2,206 severe injuries.
Blocking traffic: Opposite of speeding but also quite dangerous, driving too slowly and congesting
traffic led to 23,955 accidents and 5,542 life threatening injuries.
Overcompensation: Trying to prevent an accident by engaging in sudden but reckless evasive
actions actually caused 22,878 car crashes. Out of those, 4,850 severe
injuries were reported.
Ignoring red: Stop signs and stop lights were ignored countless times but 18,154 collisions
and 3,512 severe injuries occurred due to these unsafe behaviors.
Intoxication: Driving under the influence of alcohol led to at least 14,578 car accidents.
Another 3,557 involved a driver suspected of being high on drugs.
Anger: Simply losing control of tempers and engaging in intentional acts of road
rage led to 1,114 accidents and 6 fatalities.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver
engaging in any of the aforementioned behaviors, you should consider bringing
a lawsuit against them. With the help of our Houston car accident attorneys
at Correro & Leisure, P.C., you could win compensation that helps
you pay for medical costs, vehicle repair, lost income, and your discomfort.
Call 832-384-9783 to discuss how to file your claim, or use a
free online case evaluation form today.