Though car accidents can happen at any moment when driving down a busy highway or street, Texas has been prone to fatal car crashes for some time. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, between 2010 and 2018, more people died on Texas roadways than in any other state. Now, Lubbock’s local police force is taking action to curb roadway fatalities by increasing its effort to pull over reckless drivers.
The Lubbock Police Department (LPD), The Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office joined forces to prevent fatal car accidents; and, the task force pulled over 750 drivers within just two days of operation. LPD reported 83 percent of stops were for speeding and two percent were for failing to follow the ‘Move Over, Slow Down’ law.
The task force plans to go out once a month looking for drivers speeding and not following the ‘Move Over, Slow Down’ law. After three consecutive months, law enforcement will review its findings to determine if driver habits have changed and what it should focus on for the next quarter. LPD plans to continue these operations for the remainder of 2020.
Fatal Driving Behaviors in Texas
In Texas, fatal driving crashes have become a massive problem. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 2000 was the last year the state had no fatal car accidents. While the number of annual traffic fatalities decreased in 2018 (3,639) from 2017 (3,727), TxDOT still estimates 10 people die each day due to traffic related accidents on Texas roads.
Some of the leading causes of fatal driving crashes include driving while under the influence, improper lane changes, and speed. Learn more about the common causes of fatal car crashes:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one-third of all car crashes involve drivers who were speeding. Car accidents involving speeding kill up to 13,000 people each year across the nation.
Speeding negatively affects driving behaviors by shortening drivers’ reaction time, making it incredibly difficult to respond quickly to other drivers and objects in the road. Speeding also shortens drivers’ stopping distance as well. The faster the acceleration of a vehicle, the longer it takes to stop before hitting another vehicle.
Not wearing seatbelts
Texas requires the driver and all passengers of a vehicle to be secured by a seatbelt. According to TxDOT, when used properly, wearing a safety belt improves survival by 50 percent for front seat passengers during a crash. When seatbelts are not worn, vehicle occupants can be thrown about the interior of the car or even projected through the front or back windshield or windows of the car, resulting in serious injury or death.
Driving while fatigued is incredibly dangerous. Serious fatigue can slow a driver’s reaction time and even cause them to fall asleep and veer off the road or into other vehicles. Driver fatigue can be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Signs of fatigued driving include blurred vision, a slowed ability to process information, lack of focus, and increased aggressive driving behavior.
Unfortunately, drunk or impaired driving accidents happen often in Texas. According to NHTSA, our state ranks among the top five most dangerous states for driving under the influence (DUI). When a driver is intoxicated, they have very little control over their actions. There are several different ways alcohol can impair a driver’s abilities, including slowed reaction time, poor coordination and concentration, poor judgment, and blurred vision.
Lubbock Car Accident Attorneys
Car accidents typically happen due to the negligence of one or more drivers. These roadway incidents can cause irreparable damage and even result in the death of a loved one. If you were injured in an auto accident and would like an experienced trial attorney to review your case, contact Liggett Law Group today to schedule a free consultation.