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.
An officer with the Houston Police Department, along with a toddler and his mom, were all hospitalized after an accident.
According to a recent study, about half of all parents who are from the Millennial generation disapprove of distracted driving, saying that it is never a safe practice while behind the wheel. Among parents from earlier generations, closer to 60 percent say that the practice is always unsafe.
While it may be easy to say one's car accident is someone else's fault, proving fault in a court of law is a complicated matter. Even where it may be obvious that one's rear-end accident has been caused by someone else's negligence, there are certain legal elements that must be proven and other legal issues that might affect financial recovery. Comparative negligence is one such concept.
The loss of any life is tragic and can neither be measured or replaced, but when a young person dies, it is especially tragic. A young life brings with it a lot of promise and expectations, and when it ends, it leaves a hole in the lives not only of their parents but also in those of community members. Dealing with this loss can have life-altering effects on their family member's life as they search for answers in the car accident's aftermath. While those answers are not always found, accountability may be possible through a personal injury lawsuit.
Many individuals here in the Houston area spend a fair amount of their day out on the roads. So, one would hope these roads would be safe. The reality, unfortunately, may be closer to the opposite. A recent analysis by the Houston Chronicle points to Houston being one of the most dangerous places in the country when it comes to the roads.