As Texans, we generally take pride in the fact that our state has so much to offer, both for residents and for those here just for a visit. The Lone Star state is rich with history and natural beauty, and is often considered a microcosm that represents modern America.
Unfortunately though, according to a new poll conducted by CarInsuranceComparison.com, Texas has one more thing to add to its long list of attributes: home to some of the worst drivers in the country. Using data from the National Motorists Association, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, the poll concluded that our highways and roads are some of the most dangerous in the United States.
What the Poll Shows Us
According to the poll, Texas drivers are ranked as the fourth worst in the nation, with the top three being Louisiana, South Carolina, and Mississippi, respectively. The poll’s authors are quick to point out that while Texas was ranked third last year, this is most likely due to other states getting worse, not our drivers improving.
In order to make this conclusion, the poll’s authors examined such statistics as fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, failure to obey seatbelt laws and traffic signals, drunk driving rates, traffic tickets, and careless driving.
Sadly enough, the poll points out that Texas’ best ranking is in failure to obey traffic signs, where it still sits in 33rd place (with 50th being the worst). Furthermore, Texas remains in 47th place for drunk driving, and 34th for fatality rate.
Risks of Driving on Roads in Texas
Of course, a prevalence of bad drivers poses significant risks for both motorists and pedestrians in Texas. Drivers, passengers, bicyclists, truckers, and even innocent bystanders may be involved in collisions with other drivers who were driving carelessly or under the influence, or were engaging in any other negligent act.
And these accidents rarely end with all parties unscathed. Catastrophic injuries often result from car accidents, including head/brain injuries, cuts and lacerations, severe fractures, and even spine damage that can lead to permanent paralysis. In some cases, those involved may be killed in the wreck, or may sustain injuries that lead to death.
A Personal Injury Attorney is Your Greatest Ally
In the tragic event that you have been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one to a careless driver, it is in your best interests to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An attorney can help you gather any and all information and evidence that you need in order to bring forth a successful civil lawsuit.
It’s imperative that you act quickly though; per the law set forth in Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code, Title 2 § 16.003, you have only two years in which you can file a claim for compensation after sustaining injuries in a car accident. After that period has expired, you may be forever barred from initiating a lawsuit.
In light of this, don’t hesitate to contact Tate Law Offices today by calling 888-769-1086 for a free case review.