According to recent statistics, Texas traffic deaths have declined almost 15 percent since 2006. In 2006, the death rate was 1.5 for every 100 million miles driven in Texas. In 2010, that rate is down to 1.29.
Fatal car accidents are still prevalent in Texas, but Texas officials are doing whatever they can to prevent them. Recent declining rates have been brought about by various improvements in car safety. The Texas Department of Transportation has successfully promoted “Click it or Ticket” campaigns to help encourage the use of seatbelts. More awareness about driving under the influence, sobriety checkpoints and red-light cameras have all helped keep fatality rates down in Texas.
Although rates are on the decline, Texas is comparatively still one of the more dangerous states when it comes to traffic deaths. In 2009, Texas was the 16th most dangerous state to drive in. The traffic fatality rate for the United States as a whole has fallen from 1.42 per 100 million miles in 2006 to 1.11 per 100 million miles in 2010.
Many say that the reason for the higher fatality rate in Texas is that other states are tougher on distracted driving. Texas Governor Rick Perry recently vetoed a bill that banned texting and driving.
It has been shown that various forms of impaired driving are some of the main causes of traffic fatalities in Texas. This includes drunk driving, distracted driving and drowsy driving. Negligent driving is also often a cause of these fatalities. Negligent driving occurs when a driver fails to use reasonable care and disobeys traffic signs, drives above the speed limit or fails to signal. If a negligent driver is at fault, victims of car accidents and their families can usually recover damages from the driver for the monetary and physical injuries caused.
Source: Statesman.com, “Texas’ traffic fatality rate dips, still above national average,” Ben Wear, Aug. 9, 2012