Many Texas residents will be happy to hear that fatal traffic accidents have continued to decrease. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 2.4% drop in traffic deaths in the United States in 2018. This downward trend is also continuing in 2019. Technology used in newer vehicles seems to be playing a role in this decrease.
While this is definitely good news, there are still too many accidents that lead to serious injury and death. In the year 2018, over 36,000 people died on U.S. roads. Many of these crashes were preventable, so a lot of work still needs to be done.
One area of concern is pedestrian deaths. In the year 2018, these deaths rose by 3.4%. Another area of concern relates to peddled vehicles, including bicycles. The number of these deaths went up by 6.3%. Individuals killed in large truck crashes rose by under 1%.
When it comes to deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists, many of these occurred after dark. In some cases, cyclists and pedestrians had alcohol in their systems. The NHTSA is looking at new technologies that can be used in order to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The organization is also working to include changes in its five-star crash assessment program in order to prevent deaths and make roads in the United States safer.
An individual who is injured in a motorcycle accident or car accident may decide to speak with a lawyer. The lawyer may look at their case and offer advice about how to seek compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering. The lawyer may also help their client file claims and represent them in court if it is necessary.