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Car accidents in Dallas are the leading cause of injury and death for residents
Everyone knows that car crashes are common, and sometimes result in fatalities, but most people don't really think about what that means in terms of the cost to society. We tend to view car accidents as tragedies that affect the people involved, but we rarely think through how the costs of first responders from the Dallas Police Department, the Dallas Fire and Rescue Department, as well as clean-up efforts by various Dallas government agencies, which of course add up for the taxpayers.
What are the statistics related to Dallas motor-vehicle crash injuries and deaths?
3,773 people lost their lives on Texas roadways in the 55,797 crashes reported in 2016. In rural parts of Dallas County, there were two fatal crashes in 2016, and in urban areas, there were 313. As for injuries related to motor-vehicle crashes, there were 1,447 incapacitating injuries reported in 2016, and 8,921 incapacitating injuries reported. This demonstrates clearly how the population density and traffic congestion contribute to the dangers that drivers and passengers in Dallas face.
What is the cost of car crashes to the government agencies in Dallas?
According to the State of Texas Department of Transportation, the cost of motor vehicle accidents statewide was $38,600,000,000 in 2016. This is a staggering amount when you consider that in comparison, the annual cost to end world hunger is estimated to be $30,000,000,000. In this context, it is easy to see why Dallas and Texas government agencies work hard to improve safety and to reduce dangers on Dallas roadways.
Where do most car accidents happen in Dallas?
According to the Dallas Observer, some of the most dangerous roadways in the Dallas area in 2012 include:
- LBJ Freeway from I-35E to Dallas North Tollway (Dallas County) - Total crashes: 530
- Central Expressway from LBJ Freeway to I-30 (Dallas County) - Total crashes: 1,230
- I-45 from I-30 to Lamar (Dallas County) - Total crashes: 117
- LBJ Freeway from Dallas North Tollway to Central Expressway (Dallas County) -Total crashes: 479
- Woodall Rodgers Freeway from Stemmons to Central Expressway (Dallas County) - Total crashes: 161
What are some primary causes of Dallas car accidents?
Recent statistics show clearly what we have always known - that drunk driving and distracted driving are two main causes of Dallas car accidents, injuries, and fatalities. According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2016, 2,410 crashes that were related to drunk driving in Dallas, and 7,081 crashes related to distracted driving in Dallas. Clearly, we have a long way to go to end these dangerous and selfish driving behaviors that are wreaking havoc on Dallas roadways.
If you have been injured in a car collision, you will need a great Dallas accident attorney to help
No matter how much we eradicate dangerous driving behaviors like drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and other actions that put Dallas drivers at risk, car accidents will continue to happen. When a less serious crash happens, often someone can manage the insurance claim without help. When a serious injury car accident happens, or when a fatality occurs, it is crucial to get help from an experienced Dallas car accident lawyer.
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