If you drive a car or other motor vehicle on Texas roads, you are automatically at risk of being involved in a car accident. Every year, there are hundreds of thousands of car accidents across the United States that result in serious injuries and sometimes death. According to the latest traffic accident statistics posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 41,059 people killed in crashes in 2007. Even though this number has declined from 2006, which had 42,708 traffic-related deaths, it is still too high.
The NHTSA estimated that in 2007, the number of people injured in crashes was below 2.5 million, which was the lowest number since the agency began compiling injury data in 1988. According to the report, there were approximately 2.49 million people injured in traffic crashes in 2007 and a fatality rate of 1.37 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Although the overall number of motor vehicle accidents declined in 2007, there was a dramatic increase in the number of people injured in pedestrian accidents and motorcycle crashes. In 2007, there were 9,000 reported pedestrian accident injuries in the United States, which represents a 15 percent increase from 2006. Motorcycle crash fatalities went up in 2007 to 5,154, a 6.6 percent increase, and the number of people injured in motorcycle crashes went up 17 percent to 103,000.
Based on the NHTSA report, there were 3,363 people killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2007. The number of fatalities actually went down 4.8 percent from 2006. Compared to the other states, Texas had one of the largest reductions in the number of fatalities.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a Texas car accident lawyer at the law office of Steven M. Lee, PC at 713-921-4171 or 800-232-3711.