Car AccidentsVision Zero, Three Years Later: Has It Reduced Crashes?

December 4, 2017by Aaron Allison

reckless drivingRecently, Vision Zero ATX held its third annual Day of Remembrance Vigil to call for a regional approach to address the rates of car and pedestrian accidents on Austin roads. Family members of traffic accidents gathered to honor the lives of the more than 60 lives lost on Austin roads so far this year.

Just last month alone, at least eight people died in car accidents. Three of those victims were members of the Latulippe family, a family visiting Austin on vacation when their Fiat was struck by a drunk driver in a Prius. Only one member of the family, a 10-year-old girl, survived the accident.

At the Day of Remembrance Vigil, Mayor Steve Adler highlighted groups including Vision Zero, Bike Austin, Walk Austin and Families for Safe Streets Central Texas for their efforts in reducing the rates of fatal accidents in Austin.

Vision Zero’s History and Future

Vision Zero is not limited to Austin. It is an international initiative that hopes to bring the number of people who die in car accidents to zero by 2025. It is divided into five strategic initiatives:

  • Education – creating a targeted public education campaign to bring awareness to the problem and potential solutions
  • Engineering – bolstering key initiatives for which Complete Street Design, Traffic Engineering and Transportation and Land Use Planning can have the largest impact on the problem
  • Evaluation – Collecting, analyzing and sharing data to determine causes of accidents and the best solutions
  • Enforcement – Helping law enforcement focus their efforts on accident hotspots
  • Policy – advocating public policy that has the greatest impact on the problem

Vision Zero’s goals are ambitious, but important, and have had some impact so far on the rate of accidents in Austin. If you have been injured in an accident in Austin, speak to a personal injury attorney.

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Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.