2020 was a year like no other. Over 2020, many people were working from home, were avoiding travel and generally stayed home. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were fewer vehicles on the road in 2020. This may seem like a good thing, fewer cars on the road must mean fewer car crashes, right? Not necessarily.
Fatal crashes still too common in Texas
In 2020, there were 3,445 fatal car accidents in Texas. In 2019 that number sat at 3,623 fatal car wrecks. In fact, the Lone Star State has seen at least one fatal crash in the state per day for the past 20 years. It is a trend the TxDOT would like to see reversed.
The TxDOT reports that many crashes are caused by speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving. Holidays are a prime time for fatal accidents on Texas roads.
Did you lose a loved one in a fatal car crash in 2020?
Those who lose a loved one in a fatal car crash suffer greatly. After all, most car crashes are preventable had the at-fault party exercised due care. Families who lose a loved one in a fatal car accident sometimes look into the possibility of pursuing a wrongful death claim.
To prevail in such a claim, it needs to be shown that the accident victim died due to the negligence of another and that the accident victim’s survivors suffered financial damages due to the crash. Those in Austin who want to learn more about wrongful death claims following a fatal car crash can explore our website for further information.