Grim picture: Fatal auto accidents up in Texas in 2012

It can be a little scary to think that something we do every day can be so potentially
dangerous. But the truth of the matter: driving can be deadly. The stark statistics prove it.

You must always exercise caution when you’re on the road. Becoming too relaxed and not
paying attention, getting distracted or driving under the influence are some common causes of car accidents. Below are some sobering statistics, a reality auto accident lawyers Kirkendall Dwyer LLP face on a regular basis as experts in the field.

● There was not one day during 2012 where someone in Texas didn’t die in a car crash.
● Sunday, July 22, 2012 was the deadliest car accident day that year, with 28 people
killed in car wrecks.
● In 2012, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 35 minutes in an auto accident.
● Deaths in Texas from auto accidents increased by nearly 11 percent from 2011 to
2012, from 3,067 to 3,399.
● Texas saw 63,610 serious injury car wrecks in 2012, with more than 87,000 people
seriously injured.
● Crashes in rural areas of Texas made up more than half of the state’s fatal crashes,
with 1,892 deaths.
● Single-car, run-off-the-road crashes caused 1,315 deaths in 2012 — 38.7 percent of all
auto accident deaths in 2012.
● In 2012, 838 people were killed in car wrecks in or near the intersection.
● In 2012, more than 45 percent of people killed in car or truck accidents were not
wearing seatbelts.

The numbers, while grim, point to an ever-increasing need for driver safety and awareness on the roads. Motorists should make every effort to be safe on the roads and also to recognize that there is help from Kirkendall Dwyer LLP if they are ever in any type of car wreck.

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