In a study published late last month, Aceable completed its analysis of the 2018 data on driving in Texas. The results of the survey are surprising – while Dallas claims the unfortunate title of the most dangerous driving city, the neighboring suburb of Allen comes in as tied for the safest! Both Allen and The Woodlands (a suburb of Houston) boast an extraordinary zero fatality record for 2018. These two cities are stand-alone in reaching our state’s overall long-term goal of 100% deathless days on our roadways.
Here at Thompson Law, we feel for the victims of Dallas’ increasingly risky roads. We see firsthand the devastation that can occur in the form of injuries, loss of property, and even death from traffic accidents. Our mission is to do all we can for our clients in the aftermath of a wreck. Sourcing treatment, fighting for maximum rightful compensation, and providing guidance regarding property loss are all important services that we provide to clients who have been injured in an accident. When you experience a damaging collision, call the 4’s for the help you deserve from Thompson Law.
Dallas was not the only city of concern however, many nearby North Texas enclaves bumped up in the rankings: Fort Worth sits at 4th most dangerous, Denton at 7th, Mesquite at 16th, Lewisville at 17th and Carrollton ranked 19th. Other regions in our state including Houston, San Antonio, and Austin also ranked on the more dangerous end of the scale.
On the other hand, we do have some cities with safer rankings in the DFW area. Frisco, Plano, and Irving fared very well on the safe list. These cities have newer roads and signage, in addition to generally well-designed and well–maintained infrastructure. They are also less constrained by the crowding that is stressing infrastructure in other parts of North Texas. The practices and investments in urban planning, design, and maintenance illustrated by these cities clearly pay off in lives saved.
Texas as a whole was a bit of a mixed bag as well in terms of driving safety. On the one hand, there were no crashes that resulted in 6 or more deaths in 2018. However, there were also no deathless days on Texas Roadways. The Texas Department of Transportation’s #endthestreak campaign is aimed at achieving zero fatal days, as Texas has not experienced this phenomenon since November 7th, 2000. If we do not end the streak by this year’s November 7th anniversary, that will have been 7,305 consecutive days of roadway fatalities. The impact of this crisis is felt by all of us, and we cannot afford to wait for changes.
Dallas may be unique in its ranking right now, but the causes of the accidents that occur there are common. The same culprits for wrecks and other serious traffic incidents strike across the state and across the nation, with notable and common causes being:
Dallas is working to reduce the number of traffic fatalities with multifaceted plans that include roadway design initiatives and educational campaigns. Some of the plans that the city and our state have in mind for improvements include:
As part of the previously mentioned End the Streak campaign, TXDOT will be spending over $600 million more for various roadway improvements in 2020-2022. These safety works will be aimed at the goal of having ZERO deaths on Texas roads in 2050. The interim milestone is geared toward halving the number of deaths by 2035. Fingers crossed that this ambitious and admirable plan succeeds!
Additionally, the City of Dallas has its own similar initiative: Vision Zero aligns with the wider state goal of zero deaths. The city is actually even more ambitious, aiming to achieve the zero fatalities goal by 2030. With infrastructure, education, policing, and other factors to consider, and in light of the recent shift to first place most dangerous, Dallas seems to be facing new hurdles to meet these goals.
Commendable as the plans are, with the rate of accidents and the serious nature of resulting injury and damage, we are left to wonder – will these efforts be enough? Or will they be too little too late?
Has a Dallas, Texas, car or truck accident derailed your life? While serious wrecks may be happening more and more frequently in our area, this doesn’t mean you deserve to suffer in the circumstances. The error and negligence of bad drivers in this city still have consequences! When you hire a tough and experienced car accident law firm like Thompson Law, you get the lion on your side, and you improve your ability to stand up to the insurance companies and at-fault drives who wronged you. Don’t delay! You deserve compensation for the bills, stresses, pain, and suffering that resulted from your accident. Thompson Law is here to help you recover what is rightfully yours!
The State of Texas has a statute of limitations of two (2) years for personal injury cases, so if you have been injured in a Dallas area accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The sooner you know your options, the sooner you are on the path to recovery and your deserved compensation. Call the Fours right away for assistance with your injury and claim: (214) 444-4444, (817) 444-4444, (972) 444-4444, or (469) 444-4444. Wherever you are in DFW, just dial 444-4444. THE FOURS are here 4 you!
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