Of that number, 3,879 are serious-injury crashes and 69 are fatal incidents. Around 72 people die and another 5,154 sustain major injuries.
TxDOT says that the worst day for accidents is Saturday, with the worst hour being from 9:00pm to 9:59pm. A likely reason for those conditions is because people have been out partying and drinking without making the proper arrangements to get home safely. If you must travel during those times, be especially aware of the traffic around you and how people are driving. Allow more space than usual between you and other vehicles to give yourself time to react during emergencies.
In 2013, 14% of automobile collisions resulted in serious injuries and .5% resulted in death. When driving under the influence is involved, 22% resulted in serious injuries with 3% resulting in death. As these statistics show, driving with alcohol in your system clearly increases your chances of injury and death. Even if you feel slightly buzzed, avoid getting behind the wheel. Ask a friend to drive you home or call for a taxi or other car service, such as Uber or Lyft. The inconvenience of fetching your vehicle the next morning is nothing when compared with the risk to getting seriously hurt, dying, or – even worse – causing harm to others.
You may think you’re saving money by postponing or avoiding regular maintenance. But this can cost you in the end by forcing you into an accident. What if your tires blow while you’re speeding down the highway or your engine catches fire in the middle of traffic? Could you safely cope with such situations? Don’t find out – take your car in for regular checkups and necessary repairs.
No matter what, if you’re involved in an accident, do not sign or say anything beyond finding out if everyone involved is safe. Instead, contact the Austin car accident attorneys at TK Injury Lawyers.
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