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Fatal Car Accidents on the Rise in Texas

Information gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other safety organizations indicates that Texas has seen an increase in the number of fatal car accidents. Data indicates that in 2014, fatal accidents jumped 4% over the previous year’s numbers, equating to 126 more fatal accidents than those in 2013. When considering the total number of car accidents in seconds, it is estimated that a collision occurs once every 66 seconds. This jump has occurred despite efforts by local law enforcement agencies and public service campaigns designed to encourage safer driving.

How Can This Information Help Us?

While these statistics may be a bit haunting at first glance, it is important that we understand the underlying reasons for this increase and take steps to reduce these collisions in the future. Upon further analysis, several experts have narrowed down some of the most common causes of accidents.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the top 10 causes of car accidents in 2014 are as follows:

1. Speeding: More than 125,000 accidents were a result of speeding. Exceeding the posted speed limit, especially during inclement weather, can increase a driver’s chances of losing control of their vehicle and greatly increase a person’s exposure to injury in a collision. 452 of these accidents were fatal.

2. Distracted driving: Drivers who were distracted, oftentimes by smartphone usage, played a role in just over 100,000 accidents. Distractions such as texting, reading, eating, or personal grooming require a driver to divert their attention away from the roads, reducing their situational awareness.

3. Failing to yield: Giving the right of way to other drivers is crucial. Just over 75,000 accidents were caused by drivers who failed to grant the right of way to drivers at stop signs, left turns, and other varying yield situations.

4. Swerving between lanes: Approximately 63,000 collisions occurred as a result of drivers being unable to stay within their lanes, drifting into oncoming traffic or sideswiping other cars. Nearly 10 percent of these collisions resulting in severe injury to those involved.

5. Following too closely: Tailgating led to approximately 24,000 rear-end collisions, with around 2,200 severe injuries.

6. Blocking traffic: Driving too slowly can be just as dangerous as speeding, with reports indicating that congesting traffic from slow driving led to 23,955 collisions.

7. Oversteering: Ironically, 23,000 crashes were caused by drivers’ sudden evasive actions while attempting to avoid an accident.

8. Running red lights: Ignoring stop signs and traffic lights led to more than 18,000 collisions.

9. Driving under the influence: Driving while intoxicated from drugs or alcohol caused around 14,600 accidents.

10. Road rage: Lastly, drivers who lost control of their tempers and engaged in intentional acts of anger caused just over 1,100 accidents and 6 fatalities.

Injured? Contact Dean Law Firm Today

If a negligent driver has caused you harm via any of the above means, you may be able to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim with the assistance of a Midland car accident attorney from Dean Law Firm. With more than 20 years of experience, our firm can provide the advocacy you need to maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve.

To get started, call (432) 214-8125 or request a free consultation today!