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Two-decade streak of Texas road fatalities sparks safety campaign

| Dec 3, 2020 | Wrongful Death

Road safety is a common topic for discussion among lawmakers and regulatory agencies in Texas. Because so many people are injured or lose their lives in an auto accident, it is important to consider strategies to reduce auto crash frequency. The statistics across the state might be shocking when they are discussed in depth. Analysis and strategies can be implemented to try and improve safety.

“End the Streak” seeks to enhance road safety

Recently, a troubling milestone was reached when 20 years passed with at least one fatality each day on state roadways. This has led to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) moving forward with a campaign called “End the Streak.” According to the transportation commissioner, the string of road deaths has continued despite traffic reducing by 44% in 2020. In the 20-year span, there were more than 70,000 road fatalities in the state. The main causes are believed to be drivers who are exceeding the speed limit, driving under the influence, and driving while distracted.

With End the Streak, drivers are encouraged to adhere to the basics of safety and tell others about its importance. TxDOT has a goal of cutting the number of accidents by 50% in the next 15 years and preventing them entirely by 2050. Some areas will receive more attention than others because of the statistical prevalence of fatal auto accidents in those locations.

Campaigns aside, auto accidents still cause injuries and death

An auto accident can upend a person’s life in many ways. If there are injuries, they face the prospect of major medical costs, lost time at work, problems contributing to a family as before and needing extensive care to perform the basic tasks of life. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will be confronted with funeral expenses and the emotional and personal aftermath of an unexpected death. Since insurance companies may try to mitigate their costs or refuse to pay more than the bare minimum, seeking compensation through a legal filing might be the only way to recover a fair amount.

Legal assistance could be essential after an auto accident

Those who are heading out on the road should be cognizant of the risks. This information is important as it mentions why so many accidents occur and can be useful when considering a legal filing. Whether it was a truck accident, a car accident, a motorcycle crash or the victim was a bicyclist or a pedestrian, consulting with a firm experienced in auto accidents and wrongful death claims can provide guidance from the start.

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