Texas, which is one of the most populous states in the United States, has appeared to rank poorly when it comes to road safety. Due to the busy lives of most Texans, the city has a high number of vehicle owners which has translated to an increase in auto accidents over the years.
Narrowing the statistics to only fatal crashes (crashes involving death), Texas still doesn’t do so well. It is no news that the 7th of November, 2000 was the last time Texas had a whole day devoid of fatalities. Every day after that day has not been the same.
The national average for road fatalities as at 2018 was 11.9 but in a twist of events, Texas alone lost a little less than 0.02% (or 12.7 per 100,000) of it’s population to auto crashes. This puts Texas as the state with the second-highest auto crash fatalities in the U.S.
19 years after having a crash-free day, Texas has gone on to record an average of 10 fatalities every day. From 2010 to 2017, the numbers kept rising despite all efforts made leading to a total loss of over 20,000 lives. However, in a twist of events, the figures went down by 4% in 2018 but not without claiming over 3,000 lives. This figure was still higher than that recorded 7 years ago.
What are the Major Causes of Auto Crash Fatalities in Texas?
Generally, driving under influence has been a high-risk factor for road fatalities. Despite the warnings and penalties enforced, some residents still flour the rules, hoping to somehow get to their destination safely. In most cases, it never ends safely.
Although driving under influence ranks as the number 1 cause of fatal crashes in many cities, over-speeding tops the charts for Texas. Residents of the state seem to have a penchant for ignoring speed limits in a quick dash to get to their destinations.
Another major risk factor is texting while driving – a law was passed against the act in 2017. This plus other forms of distractions such as receiving calls and engaging in intense conversations have had a significant impact on the number of fatalities.
It has also been reported that most of the vehicles involved in auto crashes within Texas are SUVs and other heavy-duty vehicles.
The figures have repeatedly declined with many agencies and corporate bodies leading campaigns to create awareness on road and traffic safety. Experts predict a crash-free state by 2050 and with the compliance of residents and visitors, this goal may be achieved soon.