Did You Know Crash Fatalities Since 2000 Exceed the Total American Military Deaths in Both World Wars?
According to government data, the number of crash fatalities in America since January 2000 exceeds American deaths in both World Wars. Over 624,000 people died in car crashes, easily outnumbering the 535,000 American military personnel we lost in World War I and World War II combined. (In addition to the previously noted fatality count, over 30 million people were injured in the car crashes). For comparison, the opioid epidemic caused the deaths of close to 100,000 between 2006 and 2012. During that same time, car accidents due to speeding, drunk driving, or distracted driving caused almost 190,500 deaths. The dangers of being on the road in America are real, so the need to proactively stay safe on the road should also be considered very real.
Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in America:
- Drunk Driving
- Distracted Driving
Since most car accidents are caused by one or more of the above issues, avoiding these behaviors on the road is essential to keep ourselves and Texas roadways safe.
Let’s Make Our Texas Roads a Little Bit Safer, Driver by Driver:
While we can’t fix the entire problem today, we can make our Texas roads just a bit safer, one driver at a time. Consider the following list of bad habits that many of us deem acceptable, and knock a few out of your wheelhouse.
Bad Habits that Make You a Dangerous Driver:
- Multitasking while driving
- Talking on the phone while driving (this makes you 4x more likely to crash)
- Emailing while driving
- Checking texts while driving (this makes you 8x more likely to crash)
- Glancing at notifications while driving
- Changing your mapping/GPS settings while driving
- Not getting enough sleep (less than 4 hours of sleep makes you 11.5x more likely to crash)
- Speeding (with some Texas roadways posting speed limits 85 mph, there’s no reason to speed)
Unfortunately, most drivers still think that it’s okay to check their messages while driving, search for nearby restaurants without pulling their car over, or dig through their purse looking for the chapstick. Drivers are continually driving distracted on Texas roads, while tired, and speeding, but somehow they all assume that it will happen to someone else, but that it won’t happen to them.
If you have been injured in a Texas car accident and need help, don’t waste any time. Get in touch with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney at Hudson Law. We can help you navigate the process to defend your legal rights and protect your financial and medical interests. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.