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How dangerous are Texas roads?

Motor vehicle accidents continue to cause significant levels of death and serious injury in Texas. The statistics from 2014, released by the Texas Department of Transportation, make sobering reading.

With respect to fatal accidents, there was no improvement over the previous year. In 2014 3,534 people were killed in Texas motor vehicle crashes. This is an increase of 3.7 percent from the 2013 total of 3,408. Of the 2014 fatalities, 1,041 occurred in alcohol-related crashes. There were 13,675 accidents in which at least one person sustained a serious injury. The total number of victims suffering serious injury was 17,152.

To put the numbers in some perspective, in 2014 somebody was killed in a Texas traffic accident every two hours and 29 minutes. Someone was injured every two minutes and 13 seconds, and a reportable crash happened every 66 seconds. There was not a single day without a traffic fatality in Texas in 2014.

This level of death and injury causes untold amounts of pain, suffering and grief for Texas families. A significant number of these auto accidents are caused by negligent driving. For those who are injured or have lost a loved one due to another driver's fault, Texas law provides some relief. The law allows injured victims to sue the negligent party and seek damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. A deceased victim's next-of-kin can seek damages for loss of support and companionship. By bringing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver, victims and families can recover compensation for their losses and obtain some sense of justice.

Source: Texas Department of Transportation, "Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Highlights:

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