A new safety report recently released by the Houston-Galveston Regional Council suggests that car crashes are increasing across the region. While the report refers to fender benders as unavoidable, it captures how more catastrophic crashes involving either severe injuries or death are on the rise as well.
The regional transportation report is based on an analysis of data between 2011 and 2015. It shows an increase in car crashes by as much as 62 percent during that timeframe. In 2011, while the amount of wrecks as a whole in the region was 89,000, by 2015, they had increased to 144,000.
The report suggests that for every 100 million miles that are traveled by drivers across the region, there was a 39 percent increase from the start of the period until it ended as well.
As for the contributing factors that caused these accidents, for 2015, the report cites that 15 percent of them were found to have been caused by distracted driving. One of the more common reasons for distracted driving is cell phone use or texting.
At least seven percent of the accidents that resulted in either injuries or death in the region could be attributed to drunk driving.
In reviewing the report, the council decided to take the findings and develop strategies for reducing accidents in the future. To do so, though, they suggest a significant overhaul of transportation in the region may be necessary in the next few years to start to see any real change.
While there are laws that are on the books that were crafted in an attempt to reduce the risk of serious injury or death associated with car accidents, negligent drivers fail to be deterred by them. A Houston car accident attorney can advise you as to your rights as it relates to holding a distracted or impaired driver accountable for one’s actions.
Source: abc13.com, “Houston crash rates increasing, data shows,” Elissa Rivas, April 22, 2017