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Risky driving is becoming more prevalent across the country

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Drivers are accountable for every choice they make while behind the wheel. If a driver acts in a way that results in the injury or death of an innocent individual, that person is responsible for those consequences. Negligent or reckless driving of any kind is unnecessary and completely preventable. If you think you have seen more drivers exercising irresponsible behaviors while on the road than you did in the past, you are not alone.

There is significant evidence to suggest that risky driving is more prevalent on Texas roads and across the country. These behaviors and driving habits have contributed to a higher rate of fatal car accidents and crashes that result in injuries. While vehicle traffic hasn’t necessarily increased, the number of fatal crashes continues to rise, indicating a serious safety concern.

A troubling trend that may affect you

Risky driving places everyone on the road in harm’s way. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal car accidents in 2022 are up 7% compared to the first quarter of 2021. In 2021, auto fatalities were at a 15-year high. This troubling trend is a point of concern for leaders across the country as they try to determine why the number of fatal accidents has continued to rise, even during times when there were fewer drivers on the road during the pandemic. While there are many factors that could impact the number of fatalities, experts believe some specific issues could play a major role in the issue.

One potential issue that may contribute to the number of fatalities is the fact that more drivers are not wearing their seatbelts. This may lead to more serious injuries in the event of a crash. There is also evidence to suggest that more drivers are both speeding and driving while impaired. Distracted driving continues to be a significant problem on the roads, making it more likely an accident will occur.

Are you the victim of risky driving?

If you believe your accident was the effect of a driver who was engaging in risky or negligent behavior, you have rights. It may be possible for you to seek compensation through a civil claim, seeking appropriate compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as other damages, through the Texas civil justice system. A careful evaluation of your accident can help you see what legal options may be available to you.