by William J. “Will” Maiberger, Jr. on 07/31/2012
Since 2006, Texas car accident attorneyshave been impressed with the significant progress that Texas and federal transportation authorities have made in reducing the number of people killed in auto accidents. However, the trend now seems to be beginning to reverse. According to preliminary estimates, during the first quarter of 2012, traffic accident fatality numbers were actually up, compared to the same period of time last year.
Last year, there had been 6,720 motor vehicle accident fatalities in the first quarter of the year. This year however, that number has increased to 7,630 people.
Those are preliminary numbers, and final numbers are not yet in. Some amount of variation in numbers between quarters is fairly normal. However, these are substantial variations, which is why Texas car accident attorneys and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are so concerned. However, it's too early to predict similar numbers when the overall traffic accident fatality numbers in 2012 are released.
There were some factors that seemed to increase those numbers this quarter. For one thing, many parts of the country saw mild winters this year, and that encouraged people to drive more. Additionally, motorcyclists are encouraged to drive when the weather is good. Besides, the economy is now recovering, and that is bound to contribute to some increased travel. In fact, the data confirmed a 14% increase in the number of miles driven by motorists this year. When there are more numbers of vehicles on the roads, there is logically an increased risk of accidents.
Texas transportation agencies must take note of these increased numbers, and focus on safety issues in the state. The state must do more to pull off drunk drivers from the road, in order to reduce the risk of alcohol-related car accidents. In the absence of a state law against cell phone use while driving, local authorities must pass ordinances banning these distracted driving practices.
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