While many Texans may think of rear-end collisions as little more than fender-benders, they can and often do lead to serious or even fatal injuries. Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident and other factors, a person can experience whiplash, which is a soft-tissue injury to the neck. In the worst case scenario, the force of the impact can cause such extensive damage to the victim's body that the victim will not survive.
Despite efforts to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and to crack down on this sort of behavior, this bad habit continues to cause tragic deaths on the highways in an around Houston. In an analysis of 2017 statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that over 3,100 people died in car accidents in which at least one driver was distracted. On a related point, the NHTSA also estimated that 9% of all fatal accidents in 2017 were due to some sort of distracted driving. In raw numbers, this translated to 2,935 separate deadly crashes which involved at least one distracted driver.
A young Houston woman, who was only 21-years-old, died after a major accident at a local intersection. According to reports, law enforcement officials put responsibility for the collision on a 29-year-old man. The man was also injured in the accident and had to be taken to a nearby hospital. However, police and prosecutors announced that they have filed criminal charges against the man, including charges of vehicular manslaughter.
For 2019, the week of October 20 through October 26 was National Teen Driver Safety Week. The week was a good opportunity for parents in the Houston area to remind their teenagers of safe driving habits. Of course, parents also need to set a good example by driving safely themselves at all times, but particularly when their teens are in the vehicle with them.
Especially at high speeds, but in any car accident, there is always a chance that one or more vehicles involved will catch fire.
There are a lot of habits that Texas drivers could probably recognize are not safe practices when behind the wheel. Although not drunk or drugged driving, these so-called driver fails, that is, failures in good judgment, are all potentially dangerous. In many cases, they lead to serious or even fatal car accidents.
The good news is that the rate of drunk driving deaths have declined slightly, by a hair over 2 percent, over the last 15 or so years. In 2000, almost 1,500 people died in drunk driving accidents on the roads of this state. In 2017, the number had dropped to 1,468.
As is the case with other traffic laws, there is a good reason why our state has speed limits. Basically, traveling at a lower speed both reduces the likelihood of a car accident happening in the first place and reduces the severity of those crashes that will inevitably occur.
Many residents of the Houston area have probably heard or seen at least one public service announcement warning about the dangers of distracted driving. Indeed, safety advocates and law enforcement officers have made it a priority to reduce the frequency of texting and driving and other distracted behaviors among motorists traveling on the Texas roads.
An annual report prepared by a major insurance company ranked Houston as the 158th safest city when it comes to driving, at least for 2019. Although the report is prepared by an insurance company, it has broader ramifications, as at least one major media source used it to identify safe and unsafe cities for drivers.