Following a nationwide trend, fatal accidents in Texas declined last year reaching lows not seen since 2006.
An audit conducted by the Texas Department of Safety showed that in 2010 there were 3,028 fatal accidents for 234 billion miles driven, that breaks to 1.29 deaths per 100 million miles driven.
A marked improvement over 2006, when there were 1.5 deaths for every 100 million miles driven.
Even though the fatality rate is declining in Texas, the state is still more dangerous for drivers than any other state. The national average for 100 million miles driven in 2010 was 1.11 deaths, according to the NHTSA.
In 2010 there were 32,885 fatalities throughout the country, a dramatic decrease from 2006 when 42,780 people were killed in traffic accidents. Fatal and injurious accidents have been trending down over the past few years, but experienced an uptick recently.
The declining fatality rates can be attributed to many factors. Vehicles have enhanced safety features along with airbags which help prevent accidents or fatal injuries. Campaigns which warn drivers of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and tougher penalties for offenders have also been instrumental in reducing fatalities.
Red light cameras and increased safety belt usage are also helping make the nation’s roads safe.
Even though fatal accident rates are declining, many people are still injured or killed in traffic accidents. These personal injury victims face exorbitant medical costs and often find they are unable to work while they heal. Accident lawyers make sure these victims don’t have to pay for these costs out of their own wallets by holding the negligent driver accountable for the harm they caused.