It seems every few years there is a new law in place which lawmakers pass with the intent to make roads safer. Such changes to road regulations are not limited to a few states. Distracted driving, for instance, is a common cause for catastrophic car accidents nationwide.
Texas has taken measures in the last few years to decrease the likelihood of fatal accidents, like banning the use of wireless communication to send messages as well as banning those under 18 from using any wireless device while driving. Yet, according to the Texas Tribune, nearly 13 people for every 100,000 Texans died in car accidents in 2018 – which is higher than the national average.
The article also stated that for 19 years, from November 7, 2000, to the date of the publication, at least one person died in a Texas car wreck every single day. In fact, the average car accident-related deaths in Texas is 10 per day.
Common causes of fatal accidents
There is a wide spectrum of reasons for fatal car and truck accidents. The Texas Department of Transportation cites the following factors as common causes:
- Under the influence of alcohol
- Failure to stay in the proper lane
- Other causes such as texting/distracted driving
In the case of truck accidents, drivers may also become fatigued due to long working hours or a failure to adhere to commercial trucking safety standards.
Whatever the cause, the root of these factors can often be traced to motorist negligence. And, whether you are on rural Texan roads or downtown San Antonio, negligent drivers are everywhere. If you or your loved one were a victim of a car accident, you may want to consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.