While cars get are getting safer, crashes still happen. Unfortunately, Texas has been one of the most dangerous states for a long time. These accidents can have costly consequences for those involved.
One of the ways to protect yourself is to learn more about crashes.
Several top reasons cause fatal accidents
While there are a lot of fatal crashes, only a few top reasons cause them. These include:
- Drunk driving
- Failing to use seatbelts
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
Other things, like inexperienced driving, rarely cause fatal crashes. However, other causes tend to result in injuries and vehicular damage.
Dangerous behavior is more common at night
Drivers are likelier to be dangerous at night because they fall asleep or are drunk. In addition, people with blood alcohol content over the legal limit often do not realize the risk of getting behind the wheel. Paired with drowsy driving, this makes nighttime driving more dangerous.
The governments gather statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation gather statistics on fatalities. These statistics are essential for showing how dangerous driving is and allows you to compare years. For instance, visiting the NHTSA’s website will show you that 2021 was riskier than 2020. You can even see that it was one of the most dangerous years in recent history.
If you cannot protect yourself from a car crash, you need to know what to do if you encounter one. Then, come up with a plan so you can respond appropriately.