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Texas Fatal Auto Crashes are on the Rise 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas highways continue to be a deadly form of travel as traffic crashes involving injuries and fatalities continue to rise. In 2016 alone 178,737 traffic crashes resulted in 3,390 fatalities and 253,536 injuries on Texas roads.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas leads the country in traffic fatalities, and alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. These statistics reflect a disturbing trend as Texas injuries and fatalities have increased more than 20 percent in the last 6 years.

 

Law enforcement officers say excessive speed, alcohol, lack of seatbelt use, and distracted driving all play a part in the state’s traffic injuries and fatalities. Adding to those factors is the fact that Texas is unique with higher speed limits in parts of the state, has a growing population, a healthy economy, and low gasoline prices. These factors place more drivers on our roadways and more opportunities for major traffic mishaps to occur.

 

“Unfortunately, for some Texas consumers, auto insurance rates may be affected by the state’s rising number of traffic mishaps,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesperson for the Insurance Council of Texas. “Medical care after an auto accident, and repairing or replacing vehicles loaded with the latest software may impact rates for some. Thankfully, a good driving record, taking advantage of any discounts offered by insurers, and researching the many companies who do business in Texas, will help Texans find affordable rates among the more than 100 companies that offer auto insurance in the state.”

 

The charts below show the rising number of crashes involving injuries and fatalities in Texas from 2010 through 2016. Now, more than ever, is the time for employers to reinforce, or put in place, a driver safety program for their employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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