Car accidents can really put a damper on the holiday season, especially when the accident itself is the result of an unanticipated scenario. Here are 4 scenarios that increase car accidents during the holidays.
While Texas isn’t notorious for having roads full of snow, the winter season is notorious for black ice. Black ice is like regular ice but, differentiates itself because it forms without bubbles, making it difficult to detect on surfaces such as roads and bridges. From 2008 – 2009 there were more annual road ice fatalities than fatalities to Tornados ranking Texas number 4 in the top 10 states icy road fatalities.
In 2016, Texas led the nation in traffic fatalities with 3,776 deaths. 44% of these deaths involved a driver with at least a .01% blood alcohol content, 11% above the national average of 33%. Unfortunately, the statistics do not get any better for Dallas. Over a third of car crashes in Dallas county are due to alcohol impairment – the highest proportion among the five Texas cities in the nation’s top 15 most populous cities. While the Texas legislature considers new laws aimed at fixing Texas’ impaired driver problems, accidents related to drunk driving are still at an all-time high.
According to the American Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. About 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year – with more than 40% admitting this has happened at least once in their driving careers. The result of these actions are about 100,000 crashes involving drowsy driving reported every year by police. Drowsy driving can be just as bad as drunk driving. When we look at the Texas statistics, it doesn’t get any better.
Texans caused more than 20% of the nation’s fatal accidents involving a sleepy driver. It was also concluded Texans die in drowsy driving-related car crashes at a rate almost four times higher than that of California, the nation’s 3rd highest state for drowsy driving fatalities.
Being referred to as the “new drunk driving”, distracted driving is responsible for 3,477 traffic deaths and shows no signs of stopping. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distractions can include anything from texting and talking on a mobile phone, eating or drinking, or grooming activities such as applying make-up. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey found 20% of drivers age 18-20 said texting does not affect their driving, and nearly 30% of drivers ages 21-34 said texting has no impact. It’s unfortunate to read considering 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities and over 391,000 injuries resulted in distracted driving which includes texting.
From 2016 to 2017 Dallas has experienced a 20% spike in the number of fatal distracted driving crashes. Of the 537,475 reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in Texas, 100,687 or 19% involved distracted driving resulting in 444 deaths and 2,899 serious injuries.
Regardless of how safe we are as drivers, there are going to be instances when you are involved in a car accident and it’s not your fault. Having to pay for mounting hospital bills while dealing with the pain of recovery can be a difficult time for you and your family. But you don’t have to go at it alone. Shamieh Law will fight aggressively to make sure the responsible parties and their insurers are held accountable and properly give you the compensation you and your family deserve. If you have been involved in an accident contact us today.