Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

Collision Fatalities in Texas Continue to Rise

Over the past three years, most states have experienced a decline in fatal car accidents, while statistics in Texas continue to rise.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) blame speed, alcohol, and not wearing seatbelts for the escalation in fatal collisions.

Russ Rader, spokesman for the IIHS, told yourhoustonnews.com that another major factor is distracted drivers -- 90 percent of all traffic accidents are caused by making mistakes.

Before 2010, things were looking up for Texas drivers. The number of car accidents declined rapidly due to the production of safer automobiles. But in 2010 and 2011, the number of crashes began increasing yet again. Since 2011, injury crashes in Texas have increased 12 perfect; from 139,646 to 155,844, reported yourhoustonnews.com.

Traffic fatalities decreased in Texas in 2010 to 2,781, but as of today, they’ve increased by 10 percent to 3,060.
Mark Hanna, spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas, told yourhoustonnews.com that he attributes the rise in vehicular deaths and injuries to the increase in car insurance rates, medical care, auto parts, and labor over the same time period.

For more information on the Insurance Council of Texas, click www.insurancecouncil.org

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