While the nation is seeing traffic fatalities declining, Texas is actually seeing them increase. The influence of alcohol, speeding and failing to buckle seat belts are all reasons for a three-year increase in car accidents, according to both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A representative for the IIHS estimates that about 90 percent of all accidents are caused by mistakes, such as distracted driving.
In Texas, injuries from car wrecks have increased by 12 percent, while fatalities in car crashes have increased by 10 percent. Likewise, auto insurance rates have been increasing on the whole because of this, according to a representative for the Insurance Council of Texas.
Are Traffic Fatalities Increasing in Austin?
Statistics compiled by the City of Austin reveal that Austin has seen a 42 percent increase in traffic fatalities from 2011 to 2012. Approximately 51 percent of these accidents were due to alcohol or drugs, while 32 percent of crashes were because of speeding. It is estimated that 23 percent of all fatalities were pedestrians attempting to cross freeways.
Our hope is that the City of Austin will use this data to promote awareness of unsafe driving and to work on solutions to cut down on traffic fatalities. Unfortunately, preventative measures will not prohibit even the most cautious driver from being hit by a negligent driver. When this happens, it is necessary to find an Austin auto accident attorney who can maximize your chance of compensation for your injuries and lost wages.
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