This calculation supplied by the Texas Department of Transportation prominently leads a recent media report and is just startling for its sadness and implications.
The deep Central Texas legal team of Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer (with offices in both Killeen and Temple) advocates with passion and demonstrated results on behalf of injured parties across the state.
According to recent statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, there were over 37,000 deaths on the roads of Texas and the other states in 2017.
While it seems that everyone has a wonderful new piece of technology these days, there may be same in Killeen, Texas, who wonder whether the world might from time to time rely too much on electronic devices and too little on their own brains.
According to a recent report which is compiled annually and which was picked up by local media outlets, Killeen ranked 73rd out of 200 cities across the county of significant size when it comes to safe driving habits.
For many residents of Killeen and Fort Hood, Labor Day comes as a welcome break before the full onset of fall and then the winter holiday season. However, judging by the statistics, many Texas families likely remember Labor Day as a time that they lost a loved one to a tragic and preventable car accident.
Many agree that the problem with drugged driving has gotten worse over recent years. Although not necessarily a smoking gun, one piece of evidence to this point is that, in 2016, of drivers who died in fatal car accidents, 44 percent had drugs in their systems. In 2006, this number was only 28 percent.
A previous post on this blog discussed who people are most likely to be communicating with when they choose to engage in distracted driving. This same report also described what some might call a distracted driving season, that is, a time of the year in which it is more likely that an innocent Texas motorist might be victimized by a distracted driver.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, distracted driving is not only illegal in Texas, it is also very unsafe and leads to serious personal injury. A Killeen resident who engages in this sort of behavior, even if he only takes his eyes off of the road for a second or two, runs the risk of causing a fatal car accident or, at least, an accident that leaves a victim seriously injured.
Some of the latest statistics regarding distracted driving are not encouraging when it comes to evaluating whether and to what extent stepped up enforcement against texting in driving here in Texas and in other parts of the country are working.