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Fatal Car Accidents in Sugar Land Drop 66% Since 2014

Fatal Car Accidents in Sugar Land Drop 66% Since 2014

Safety Officials Applaud the Decline, Still Think Even One Traffic Death Is Too Many

Deadly car accidents in Sugar Land, TX have fallen dramatically over the past 7 years, hitting a record low of 2 fatal traffic wrecks in 2018.* That’s remarkable, especially since there were 13 fatal auto accidents in Sugar Land from 2014 to 2017.

That’s according to the latest data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which also reports that traffic deaths across the state have fallen by 2% since 2017.

Intriguingly, the trends in Sugar land and Texas are echoed on a national level, with recent findings showing that:

  • Fatal car accidents in the U.S. fell by about 1.2% last year.
  • Traffic deaths across the nation have been on the decline for three consecutive years.

As promising as these local, state, and national declines in traffic deaths are, officials at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are pushing for better—they don’t want anyone to die on Texas roads. They’re pushing for zero traffic fatalities by 2050.

A Snapshot of Fatal Car Accidents in Texas

It’s crucial to check out how often traffic deaths happen in Texas to see why recent declines are so compelling—and why the effort to achieve zero traffic deaths is so ambitious.

 Here’s a look at how often fatal car accidents occur in Texas:

  • There are an average of 10 traffic deaths every day.
  • At least 1 in every 3 traffic fatalities takes the life of a pedestrian.
  • Over the last two decades, at least one person had died every day on a Texas road.
  • The last time there was a deathless day on a Texas road was on Nov. 1, 2000.

These statistics have led some TxDOT officials to call the state’s traffic deaths an “epidemic.”

Though tragic and terrible, the epidemic of deadly car accidents in Texas does come with some hope—it offers an opportunity to take action and fight the epidemic.

How to End Preventable Car Accidents & Traffic Deaths: The Bigger Story of the Statistics

Beyond highlighting just how often deadly wrecks occur on Texas roads, the statistics also reveal how crashes are happening and, in many cases, how they can be prevented.

In fact, most crashes and traffic deaths in Texas and across the U.S. are caused by human errors, like decision, performance, and recognition errors. Commonly, these errors involve speeding, distracted driving, and/or drunk driving—and, all too often, they lead to fatal car accidents, as the table1 below shows.

Errors Fort Bend
County
TexasU.S.
Distracted Driving23982,841
Speeding37459,378
Drunk Driving1594010,511

1: Based on the latest data and findings from TxDOT and statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

These and other driver misbehaviors contribute to about 94% of motor vehicle accidents and many preventable traffic deaths. That’s spurred TxDOT to focus on driver behaviors and how every Texas driver, rider, and pedestrian can join the effort to end preventable wrecks and traffic deaths.   

TxDOT Fights the Epidemic of Traffic Deaths with Vision Zero

In May 2019, TxDOT officials launched the Vision Zero campaign. Their goals are to cut traffic deaths in half by 2035 and bring the number to zero by 2050. To support this campaign, the agency has set aside $600 million for key infrastructure upgrades to enhance roadway safety.

Some of the projects covered by these funds include (and are not limited to):

  • Guardrail upgrades
  • Road widening projects
  • Projects to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians

Elaborating on Vision Zero and how all Texans can help support the effort, Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan stated:

When it comes to safety, it is important for us to establish a clear vision of where we want to be. For TxDOT, that vision should be a transportation system that is free from fatal crashes…. While we are committed to invest in the best engineering practices to make our roads safe, we also need drivers and passengers to act more responsibly and help us end the streak of daily deaths on our roads to reach our goal of zero deaths.

While motorists in Sugar Land seem to be doing their part in working towards Vision Zero, it remains to be seen if trends can continue downward locally, as well as on the state and national levels.

After a Fatal Car Accident: The Options for Justice

Clearly, one deadly wreck is one too many for any family who loses a loved one in that crash. Whenever this happens and some type of negligence was involved, surviving loved ones can find out more about their rights and legal options by contacting a 5-star Sugar Land car accident attorney at the Amaro Law Firm.

A free, no-obligation consultation can reveal how to hold negligent parties accountable. While nothing can change the past, a call or an email can be an important first step towards justice—and financial recoveries necessary to help lay a loved one to rest, pick up the pieces, and focus on healing.

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*The most recent year for which statistics are available (at the time this was written and published)