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Villarreal & Begum March 24, 2020

High Rates of Fatal Car Crashes in Texas

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Official state records show that there were approximately 1.29 traffic fatalities in Texas per every hundred million vehicle miles traveled in 2018. This number can be difficult to put into context, but it places our state with the 16th highest death rate in the country. The national average in the U.S. during the same year was 1.13 deaths per million miles traveled. However, with 3,642 road fatalities, Texas had more traffic deaths than any other state in 2018. Some of the most noteworthy fatal accident statistics from 2018 include:

  • 418 motorcyclists killed – This includes both bike operators as well as passengers. About 49% of these fatalities were people who did not have a helmet at the time of their accident.
  • 621 pedestrians were killed – These victims were hit by vehicles, and this figure represents a slight increase from years prior.
  • 940 killed where at least one driver was intoxicated – These accidents include both intoxicated drivers, sober drivers, and passengers. About one in four traffic deaths in Texas is caused by a drunk driver.
  • 1,289 single-vehicle run-off deaths – This includes drivers or passengers killed when their car drove off the road. These accidents are responsible for over one-third of all traffic fatalities.

Statistics Show The Most Deadly Scenarios For Drivers

You can suddenly be caught off guard and hit by a negligent driver at almost any time. Many fatal or serious car accidents happen on small neighborhood streets or rural roads. Our local roads are constantly being used by drivers who are distracted or intoxicated while behind the wheel.

Furthermore, many vehicles malfunction with little to no warning, and serious wrecks will often be the result. Statistics kept by state officials do show us certain patterns when it comes to fatal accidents. Some of the deadliest times and places for drivers in Texas are the following:

  • Between 2 and 3 a.m. – This hour is the most common time for fatal DUI wrecks. Many bars and restaurants close at 2 a.m. and therefore intoxicated drivers will often take to the roads at this time.
  • During the holidays – The deadliest day on Texas roads is often in November on Friday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The deadliest month is often July as many people travel and consume alcohol while on summer vacation or celebrating Independence Day.
  • At intersections – In 2018 there were 701 people killed in accidents at intersections. This accounts for over one-fifth of all traffic deaths.
  • On rural roads – About 55% of deadly traffic accidents happen in rural areas. This includes many head-on collisions on two-lane roads as well as single vehicles that lose control and crash.

Recovering Compensation After A Loved One Is Killed In A Traffic Accident

Texas law allows for wrongful death claims to be filed by those who lose a loved one due to the negligence or reckless actions of another person. While we understand that nothing can bring your loved one back, we also know how challenging finances can be after suddenly losing someone.

Wrongful death claims are meant to provide compensation to the survivors of a fatal car accident. This is not meant to be something that is available to just anyone. You must have been a parent, spouse, or child of the deceased. Furthermore, you may be able to make a wrongful death claim if you represent the estate of someone killed in a traffic accident.

Securing damages in a wrongful death suit requires for your lawyer to build a strong case. In addition to proving that the other party is responsible, it must also be shown how your life has been affected by a loved one’s passing. You can recover compensation for the following in a wrongful death action:

  • Lost earning capacity by the deceased
  • Lost future inheritance
  • Loss of companionship, counsel, or support
  • Mental and emotional pain you have suffered
  • Loss of comfort and society
  • Funeral costs
  • Damages sustained by the deceased after their accident but before their death

San Antonio Accident Lawyer.

Have you or a loved one been in a serious car crash and suffered injuries? If so, you should contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney. Villarreal and Begum is a local San Antonio firm that will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We serve clients all across Texas with offices in San Antonio, McAllen, and Laredo. We are available day and night to take your calls. Call or contact us via our website. The Law Guns will fight for you.