Passive Driving Is Dangerous Driving
Motor vehicle accidents claim roughly 11 lives per day in Texas. And while there may be clear skies above and light traffic ahead, it is imperative that drivers in Texas always maintain a proactive mindset whenever they're behind the wheel. Staying alert is the key to staying alive, and recent traffic accident statistics highlight the dangers of complacency.
Understanding Traffic Dangers in Texas
In 2020, roughly 14,000 people suffered serious injuries on Texas highways despite decreased travel. Overall, it is estimated that one person is killed on Texas roads every 135 minutes. Regrettably, while motor vehicle safety technology has made leaps and bounds over the years, 2021 was the deadliest year in Texas history since 1984.
Unfortunately, some of the deadliest roads in America cross through Texas. I-40, I-20, and I-35 have eye-opening, or rather, eye-closing fatality rates. These roads have fatality rates far above the national average, and many of these fatality accidents involve large commercial trucks. There are many reasons for this, including increased online shopping, a strong economy, and increased traffic. A significant shortage of drivers means that large truck operators are hiring inexperienced drivers, and drivers are driving longer, driving faster, and taking fewer breaks in order to deliver their loads. It has created a deadly situation on Texas roads and drivers need to stay alert in order to avoid the danger. Indeed, it is a danger that is likely to worsen in the coming years.
Staying Alert Means Staying Alive
All motorists should take extra care when getting behind the wheel. Avoiding common distractions including talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio, adjusting temperature controls, monitoring GPS devices, etc. is a good start. Drivers should also remember to regularly check their mirrors, adjust their speed based on traffic conditions, and remain alert for changes in weather and road conditions.
And, attention should remain focused whenever in the vicinity of large trucks. Drivers should pay close attention to blind spots, avoid tailgating large trucks, give large trucks sufficient space to turn or change lanes, and never, under any circumstances, should a driver attempt to engage an aggressive truck driver.
At Welmaker Injury Law, our San Antonio truck accident lawyer team wants you to stay safe on the road. If the worst happens and you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact us at (210) 828-6033 to discuss your legal options.