Serious and deadly motor vehicle crashes can happen for many reasons, and they are almost always the result of preventable factors. This includes driver negligence. In the eastern part of Texas, authorities are taking a careful look at the number of fatal accidents and their causes as a way to discourage unsafe driving and identify ways they can make the roads safer for all motorists.
Like other areas of the state, East Texas sees its share of fatal accidents, and many of them are caused by reckless choices or other types of risky driver behavior. According to statistics gathered from 2022, there were 192 total deaths stemming from 167 fatal accidents in the area throughout the year. The most common reasons for fatal crashes include the following:
- Failing to drive in a single lane
- Driving at unsafe speeds
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Failing to control speed
Those who cause accidents that result in the loss of life or injury to another person could be accountable for the damage caused by his or her actions while behind the wheel.
Families can seek justice
The aftermath of a fatal accident can be devastating for a Texas family. Those left behind could find it difficult to pick up the pieces and move forward, and they may be unsure of how they will ever recover emotionally and financially. In some cases, grieving families may have grounds to pursue legal action through a wrongful death claim. It may be helpful to discuss this possibility with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an accident.