According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) FARS Data, Texas is the most dangerous state for drivers in the US with over 3,000 traffic related fatalities reported in 2011. Most of these drivers were between the ages of 25-34.
These are the top 4 causes of accidents in Texas:
Speeding is the #1 cause of auto accidents in Texas. This is a common statistic around the country. Although almost everybody exceeds the speed limit every once in awhile, driving while speeding reduces the drivers ability to react in time to stop an accident from occurring.
This includes everything from texting while driving, to talking on the phone, eating, looking at a map or just not paying attention. Even if it’s just for a second, not paying attention to the road can cause serious and even fatal accidents.
Failure to drive in a single lane:
Sometimes it can be difficult to see the line on the road in bad weather conditions, or if the road markings are worn, however swaying in and out of your lane while driving can cause very serious accidents, especially if you are crossing out of your lane into oncoming traffic.
Failure to yield while turning left:
It is difficult to judge the distance and speed of oncoming traffic during a yield on left turn. Driver error that occurs when the driver is turning into oncoming traffic can lead to very dangerous situations. The drivers that are making the turn typically get the worst end of the deal with the full force of the impact into the side of their vehicles.
The Texas Department of Transportation has compiled a list of traffic crash highlights with some shocking statistics on traffic fatalities that occurred.
Deadliest month to drive:
April is the month with the most fatal traffic accidents in Texas. The weather has a lot to do with this. April showers bring May flowers, but it also brings slippery dangerous roads. Be especially careful driving during this time of the year.
Driving without Restraint:
Texas has established the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, however out of all the fatalities that were reported 46% of the people were not restrained.
1,039 fatalities occurred because of the driver being intoxicated. This was 34.5% of the people killed in traffic accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact Angel Reyes and Associates today!