Driving on Texas roads come with a certain amount of risk. Whether a driver is going to the grocery store or is headed to work in the morning, he or she could fall victim to the reckless or negligent actions of another driver or other factors. Interestingly, a high amount of the overall number of fatal auto accidents in Texas take place in specific areas.
Around half of all accidents that result in the death of a motorist in Texas take place in areas where there is a heavy presence of the oil and gas industry. In 2018, over 1,600 people died while driving through areas where oil and gas extraction is happening. One local trucking company owner states that he believes that distracted driving plays a large role in the number of accidents that happen in these areas.
According to state traffic organizations, speed is a leading factor in a large number of car accidents that take place in Texas, and distracted driving is a close second. This is especially dangerous in areas of the state where large trucks are entering and exiting the roadways with frequency. When a big rig is involved in an accident, it can increase the severity of a crash.
Auto accidents happen for many reasons, but each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. If a person dies or suffers serious injuries as the result of the reckless or negligent choices of another person, the victim or loved ones may have grounds to seek justice through a civil claim. This course of action can allow those affected to recoup their losses and secure appropriate damages.