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Fast and fatal: Speed still leads Texas crashes’ risk factors

Texas has recorded road fatalities every day since November 7, 2000, according to the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT). Speeding has always been the top contributing factor, alongside others like driver inattention and sudden lane changes. Last year alone, DOT revealed 1,469 speed-related deaths.

Aiming to end the staggering 23-year deadly record, DOT launched #EndTheStreakTX as a digital and word-of-mouth initiative asking drivers to exercise heightened awareness and caution when operating their vehicles. One of its primary components, the “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign, urges the public to do their part and work together in preventing road crashes through its multi-platform efforts.

Anti-speeding campaign

Under Texas law, the maximum speed limit is 70 miles per hour. But it may go up to 85 miles per hour if government-authorized and reasonable traffic and engineering studies prove its safety.

To avoid deadly collisions, DOT recommends the following safety tips:

  • Buckle up, no matter the time of day.
  • Be wary of upcoming road signs alerting you to reduce your speed.
  • Control your speed depending on the severity of weather conditions or upcoming work or school zones.

Another safe choice is never to go behind the wheel when under drowsy drugs, drinks or medication. Speeding is a misdemeanor in Texas, which may be punishable by fines dependent on your driving location. It may cost double if an accident happened as a result of the exceeded speed limit or if it occurred within vulnerable or dangerous zones.

Be part of the solution

Suppose you still sustain injuries in a car crash, despite obeying traffic laws. In that case, you must first seek urgent medical attention and secure the necessary evidence. Your legal counsel can guide you in navigating the state’s laws regarding liability and insurance to establish your claim.