Did you know that Texas has not had a day without a traffic fatality since November 7, 2000? It is no secret. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched a campaign to fight this statistic. They call it #EndTheStreakTX. With drivers all over Texas stuck inside due to the coronavirus pandemic, you would think ending the streak was possible. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.
Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Made Driving in Texas More Dangerous?
Stay-at-home orders have cleared the streets of traffic. However, motor vehicle accidents have not decreased. Research from the National Safety Council (NSC) says traffic fatalities actually increased in March. Nationwide, there was a 14 percent increase despite quarantine. Here in Texas, there was a 6 percent increase.
In April, Community Impact Newspaper analyzed numbers from TxDOT data. The journalists determined that crashes dropped between 11 and 15 percent from January to April. Despite this drop, Texas traffic fatalities only dropped 3.35 percent. So, why are automotive fatalities holding steady?
Authorities are pointing toward a combination of irresponsibility and inexperience. More drivers are driving while distracted. They are failing to stay in their lanes, and they are speeding. Texas is also allowing student drivers to apply for their license without testing. Now that Texas and other states are reopening, safety concerns are increasing. Will reckless driving continue as more Texans hit the road?
How Can You Fight the Coronavirus Traffic Fatalities Trend?
Right now, the NSC is recommending several safety measures to protect yourself. These measures include:
- Following state and local directives
- Following the speed limit
- Watching out for pedestrians and bicyclists
- Practicing defensive driving
- Buckling up
- Not driving while distracted
- Not consuming alcohol or drugs before or while driving
- Talking to your teens about driving safety
How Will These Accidents Affect Texas Personal Injury Lawsuits?
The accidents that happen during the coronavirus lockdown will likely lead to lawsuits. These cases often involve negligence, and the injured deserve compensation.
At David K. Wilson & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand your needs. We have a history of helping the injured recover damages. This can go a long way toward helping your family’s healing process.