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After 12 years, Texas car accident fatalities continue

November marks a sad milestone for the state of Texas: at least one person has been involved in a fatal car accident in Texas for the past 12 years, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials.

The Texas DOT has reported that this year alone, 2,545 traffic fatalities have occurred in the state and 41,252 people have died in car accidents in Texas since November 2000. These statistics represent the persistent risks for drivers in Texas.

One of the most dangerous driving behaviors reported by police and transportation officials is drunk driving. Drunk driving remains the leading cause of fatal car accidents, according to the Texas DOT. Other common causes of fatal car accidents include texting while driving and car accident victims not wearing seat belts.

While drunk driving was reported as the number one cause of fatal car accidents in Texas, transportation officials have become increasingly concerned with distracted driving. More drivers in Texas are using electronic devices, specifically cell phones despite certain city laws banning cell phone use while driving.

Distracted driving accidents have increased in Texas as well as throughout the entire country. Safety advocates have called for new or reformed policies to deter drivers from unsafe driving behaviors that contribute to car accidents.

To address the safety concerns and fatal car accident statistics in Texas, the DOT is reminding drivers to be safe and responsible. They issued statements to notify drivers of the importance of wearing their seat belt, obey traffic laws, don't use electronic devices or cell phones and never drink and drive.

Source: KFOX 14, "November marks 12 straight years of deadly car accidents in Texas," Ruben Veloz, Nov. 8, 2012

Our law firm represents car accident victims and their families. Please visit our Texas car accident page to learn more about our law firm.

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