According to the Texas Department of Transportation, fewer people are driving on Texas states and highways. This may seem like a good thing — fewer cars on the road means fewer car accidents, right? Not necessarily. The TxDOT reports that the rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents has stayed almost the same as the rate in 2019, despite fewer vehicles on the road.
How many fatalities did Texas see in 2020 so far?
So far in 2020, there were 3,445 fatal car accidents on Texas roads according to TxDOT. In 2019 that number sat at 3,623. According to the TxDOT there has been at least one fatal car wreck every day in Texas for the past 20 years. As this shows, although not as many people are driving in 2020 compared to 2019, the rate of fatal crashes has stayed approximately the same.
Stay safe this holiday season
This fatality rate is concerning as the upcoming holiday season generally means more travelers on the road. Drivers should drive defensively, be polite and kind, and avoid confrontations while on the road to avoid accidents during their holiday travels. More travelers may mean more traffic fatalities if people are not careful.
Seek help if you lose a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident
Ultimately, if a driver is speeding, tailgating, drunk, distracted or drowsy while driving, they are breaching their duty of care to drive safely under the circumstances. If this breach causes a fatal car crash, the family of the accident victim may want to determine what their legal options are. Depending on the circumstances they may be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim.