Car Accident Are Out of Control in Texas
Texas holds the unfortunate title of having twenty years of daily deaths on its roadways, with more than 70,000 people losing their lives on its streets and highways. That’s 7,300 consecutive days of deaths. And according to Vision Zero, every day, ten families lose a loved one on Texas roads and another fifty suffer serious injuries.
Residents are fed up with the tragedy and authorities continue to be overwhelmed with the volume of their time and resources taken up by attending to crash victims. Lately, the hashtag #EndTheStreakTX has been trending on Twitter as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) campaigns Lone Star state residents to take more care behind the wheel.
Why Are Car Accidents in Dallas Increasing?
It’s well known that the Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to be one of the top metro areas leading the nation in terms of population growth – so, traffic is bound to increase. According to the US Census Bureau, from 2018 to 2019, Texas experienced more growth than any other state in the nation. But just because the state and the city’s population is growing that doesn’t mean its roadway deaths need to continue to increase, also.
Actually, according to TxDOT, there was a 1.15 percent decrease in the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities from 2019 to 2018, in Texas. But among Lone Star state cities – Dallas is one of the deadliest. Dallas had the fifth most fatal traffic accidents in the country among the top 25 largest cities in the US in 2019. TxDOT reports that of the 55,346 registered motor vehicle accidents in Dallas last year, 257 were fatal and 271 people were killed. And while fatal accidents (and fatalities) are down from 2018, reported crashes are up. As for the city’s scariest roadways, I-35 East through Dallas continues to be one of the main crash sites in the state.
The city also has a drunk driver problem. In 2019, Dallas had 43 DUI-related fatal crashes and 1,071 DUI-related crashes, in total. That’s down from 2018, when the city had 54 fatal crashes and 1,242 DUI-related crashes that year. This could be thanks to the city’s endorsement of the Vision Zero program that aims to stop Texas’s out of control roadway fatalities and the commitment of local authorities and the Dallas City Council taking active measures to reduce the number of fatal crashes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
What To Do After A Car Accident
Car accidents are overwhelming – you or a loved one may have been hurt and in addition to your injuries you probably feel helpless as the medical and car repair bills stack up. You’re worried about your financial future and the future of your family. And after calls with insurance companies you will probably feel even worse – insurance claims can be complicated, and disagreements about who caused the crash makes things even more stressful. Even if the insurance company agrees that the accident wasn’t your fault, they will try to minimize your injuries and losses, pay you the smallest amount possible or try to get out of paying you at all. Hiring an experienced car accident attorney is the only way to defend your rights and get the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
We Can Help
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At Jim Adler & Associates, our lawyers will collect evidence, speak with experts, and negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf so you can focus on what you need to do to get back to living your best life. And if necessary, we’ll represent you at trial to get you the compensation you deserve. We’re a family law firm with over three decades of experience, so let our family help your family. Remember – we don’t get paid unless you get paid, so you know we’ll fight for your case!
Regardless of where in Texas your accident happened, fill out our free case review form or call 1-800-505-1414 for a free consultation. Let attorneys in our Houston, Dallas or San Antonio offices review your case and help you decide the best way to go forward with your case.