El Paso drivers facing “traffic violence”
The death rate on American roads from fatal accidents – now called “traffic violence” – is setting records. Unfortunately, El Paso drivers are caught up in the carnage. In 2014, the two counties in the El Paso metro area – El Paso and Hudspeth – recorded 81 traffic fatalities. By 2016, the total had risen to 94, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
The tragic increase in deaths on El Paso’s roads has a number of causes. El Paso’s growth is a major factor. It was 15th on a Texas Monthly list of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. in 2015. Between 2015 and 2016, El Paso County’s population increased by almost 14,000 people, making it the” highest jump” in population “in at least six years.”
The increase added more traffic to El Paso roads. More people driving means more accidents. Traffic is also up all over Texas due to the state’s “spectacular growth and economy,” according to the Insurance Journal. Texas cities are growing at rates unmatched across the country. From July 2015 to July 2016, Texas added more residents than any other state in the nation, according to The Houston Chronicle.”
Other causes for the spiking death rate on U.S. roads
Distracted driving, ignoring seat belts, speeders, fewer state troopers due to budget cuts in some states; increased speed limits, drunk driving and an improving economy that’s put more workers on the road are driving up death rates. CNN calls it the “crisis on U.S. roads.”
According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), says “speed is a factor in nearly one-third of all traffic deaths in the U.S.” But a new danger – drugged driving – may exceed drunk driving on U.S. roads. The Governors Highway Safety Association released a study in early 2017 showing that “both illegal and prescription drugs” were involved in “43 percent of deadly 2015 car crashes while about 37 percent involved alcohol.” Evidence of marijuana use was found in the bodies of drivers involved in the deadly accidents investigated in the study.
National roadway death statistics remain alarming
A sudden spike in fatalities on American roadways in 2015 and 2016 pushed the traffic death rate to a new high. CNN reported the increase in those two years alone amounted to a 14 percent jump in the national fatality rate – the largest jump in 50 years.
Most “traffic violence” deaths are preventable
Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), told NPR that “ninety four percent of crashes can be tied back to a human choice or error.” If one of those drivers injured you or killed a loved one, Wayne Wright can help. Wayne Wright is one of America’s top trial lawyers. His national legal awards are proof of his success representing victims of drivers causing crashes. Fees agreed upon in advance are only due when Wayne Wright wins cases. Calls and evaluations are free. Wayne Wright’s 2014 Litigator Award, one of the nation’s rarest honors, is based solely on winnings for clients.
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