TxDOT stats show spike in deadly truck wrecks

During one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, we’re learning that Texas’ roads are becoming increasingly deadly for those involved in truck accidents.

The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 460 truck accidents in 2012 involved fatalities – the highest number of fatal truck accidents since at least 2008, when the state saw 429 fatal truck crashes.

Top contributing factors to these accidents include disregarding warning signs in construction zones, failure to control speed, failing to yield while turning, and the failure of drivers to stay in a single lane, according to TxDOT data.

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These statistics reinforce what we’ve been saying at the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C.: that increasing truck traffic due to an improved economy, especially in the energy sector, and increasing speed limits on Texas roads, among other factors, are creating a more unsafe driving environment.

If you’re traveling this holiday season, remember to exercise extra caution. In some cases, you need to pay attention not only to your own driving, but to those around you.

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