Sharp Increase in Bicycle, Truck Accident Fatalities in 2011

on 12/17/2012

Across the United States, there was a record drop in the number of people killed in traffic accidents last year.  Those numbers dropped to their lowest level since 1949.  However, there was bad news for bicyclists and truck accident occupants. 

Texas saw a drop in traffic accident fatalities in 2011.  In 2010, there had been 3,023 fatalities in the state.  In 2011, that number declined to 3,016 fatalities, a drop of .2%.

The numbers weren't exactly a surprise to Houston car accident attorneys.  Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had predicted a drop in traffic fatalities in 2011, because of the still-recovering economy as well as high gas prices.  The agency has now released 2011 numbers, and these have confirmed that not only did the number of traffic fatalities drop last year, but there was also a drop in the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

However, what is very concerning to Texas personal injury lawyers is that there have not been any declines in bicycle, truck and motorcycle fatalities.  These numbers continue to be high.  In fact, last year, the bicycle accident fatality toll increased by more than 8%, while the large truck occupant fatality toll increased by a whopping 20%.  Motorcyclist accident numbers increased by 2% last year.

One of the reasons why traffic accident fatality numbers have been declining the way they have, is because automobiles now come packed with safety technology that help prevent accidents and reduce the impact of injuries.  However, bicyclists, truck drivers and motorcyclists have been left largely unaffected by the advancements in auto safety.  That can be seen in the fact that the fatality numbers in these categories continue to remain high.

Tags: Trucking Accidents, Texas, Houston

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