Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) February 08, 2014
Texas personal injury lawyer Jason Stephens of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP, of Fort Worth, today said he was not surprised by a recent news article stating that early indications reveal a higher number of traffic fatalities in Texas in 2013 compared to 2012.
Stephens commented on an article in The Washington Post about the anticipated increase in traffic deaths in Texas and sharp declines in auto accident fatalities in other states last year. (The Washington Post, “Early figures suggest number of traffic fatalities fell in 2013,” Jan. 2, 2014).
“Sadly, this news comes as no surprise to me or my fellow accident attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, LLP,” Stephens said. “Our office has worked with numerous families dealing with the aftermath of fatal auto accidents in Texas. We know that fatal Texas car accidents happen every day, and the effects can be felt for a lifetime for the spouse, children and other loved ones.”
The Washington Post reported that “early indications suggest the number of fatalities are on the rise” in Texas for 2013. The article also noted that there has not been a day without a fatal traffic accident in Texas since Nov. 7, 2000.
A total of 3,399 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Texas in 2012, according to the Killeen Daily Herald, “Automobile fatality rates increasing on roadways” (Jan. 2, 2014). That figure represents an increase of 332 deaths or 10.8 percent compared to 2011, when 3,067 people died in traffic accidents in Texas, the Killeen Daily Herald reported based on statistics compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation.
In contrast, the number of traffic fatalities in many states nationwide declined in 2013, according to The Washington Post. Specifically, the number of people who died in auto accidents in Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey, South Carolina and Wyoming approached record lows for each state, The Washington Post reported.
Texas needs to do more to educate drivers about the risks they face on the road, according to Fort Worth TX auto accident attorney Seth Anderson of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, LLP.
“Statistics compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation about traffic fatalities in 2012 show a clear picture,” Anderson said. “Drunk driving accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in Texas, according to the Killeen Daily Herald article. A total of 45 percent of people killed in traffic accidents were not wearing seatbelts. And 52 percent of people who died in motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets. These are numbers we can do something about. These statistics should be much lower.”
Dallas car accident lawyer John Cummings of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, LLP, agreed. “More needs to be done to educate drivers about dangerous driving habits,” Cummings said. “Too many Texans are dying each year in motor vehicle accidents. Other states have clearly received the message loud and clear and lowered their auto accident fatality rates. Now it’s our turn to lead the way.”
About Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, LLP
Serving clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and throughout Texas and Oklahoma, the personal injury law firm of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, LLP has a track record for winning a wide range of legal cases. From auto accidents to construction accidents, attorneys Jason Stephens, Seth Anderson and John Cummings also handle truck accidents, oil and gas well accidents, sexual abuse and wrongful death cases. Stephens, Anderson & Cummings provides a free case analysis to all potential clients. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay if we win their case.
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