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Car collisions in Arlington are the leading cause of injury and death for residents
We hear in the news about injury and fatality car accidents in the Arlington area on a regular basis, and while we view these accidents as tragedies and as annoyances when they make us late for work, we don't tend to think about what they means in terms of the cost to society. We rarely think through how the financial burdens of first responders from the Arlington Police Department, the Arlington Fire and Rescue Department, the Texas Highway Patrol, as well as clean-up efforts by various Arlington government agencies, add up for the taxpayers. Imagine what we could do with that money to support the public good and improve wellness, education, healthcare, and other public services.
What are the statistics related to Arlington motor-vehicle crash injuries and deaths?
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 3,773 people lost their lives on Texas roadways in the 55,797 crashes reported in 2016. In Arlington city limits, there were 26 fatal car accidents in that same year, and 158 fatal crashes across Tarrant County. There were 34,732 total crashes in Tarrant County, a staggering number. This demonstrates clearly how the population density and traffic congestion contribute to the dangers that drivers and passengers in Arlington face.
What is the cost of car crashes to the government agencies in Arlington?
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 vast 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 Arlington and Texas government agencies work hard to improve safety and to reduce dangers on Arlington roadways.
Where do most car accidents happen in Arlington?
According to the Dallas Observer, some of the most dangerous roadways in Arlington and Tarrant County in 2012 include:
- East Loop 820 from I-30 to I-20 (Tarrant County) - Total crashes: 295
- I-35W from Loop 820 to I-30 (Tarrant County) - Total crashes: 491
- State Highway 360 from I-30 to I-20 (Tarrant County) - Total crashes: 533
- I-30 from I-35W west to Loop 820 (Tarrant County) - Total crashes: 411
What are some primary causes of Arlington car accidents?
Recent statistics show clearly what we have always known - that drunk driving and distracted driving are two main causes of Arlington car accidents, injuries, and fatalities. According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2016, Tarrant County was the site of 1,611 crashes that were related to drunk driving, and 8,210 crashes related to distracted driving in Tarrant County. Clearly, we have a long way to go to end these dangerous and selfish driving behaviors that are wreaking havoc on Arlington roadways. There is hope, since all of these behaviors are completely preventable.
If you have been injured in a car collision, you will need an experienced Arlington accident attorney to help
No matter how much we eradicate dangerous driving behaviors like drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and other actions that put Arlington 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 Arlington car accident lawyer.
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