Fatalities on East Texas Roads Continue Through the Summer Months
During the early summer months of 2011, driving through East Texas proved to be a deadly affair.
Citing statistics from Texas Peace Officer's Crash Reports and the Tyler Morning Telegraph, KYTX reports that, at a minimum, 34 motorists lost three lives from May to the beginning of July. Over the same time period in 2010, approximately 20 motorists were killed on the East Texas roads in Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Van Zandt and Wood counties.
There does not appear to be a particular explanation for the uptick in deadly East Texas motor vehicle accidents. However, officials and East Texas car accident attorneys speculate that lack of attention (distracted driving), drunk driving and drivers' failure to notice motorcycles may all be contributing factors. Also, with the start of summer vacation season, there are just more people on the roads.
Sgt. Patrick Dark of the Jacksonville Department of Public Safety noted, "The summertime is just a common time of year (for crashes). There is more travel and when ore people are out on the highway, there's going to be (crashes)."
While the increase in fatal accidents this summer has increased awareness for the need to drive safely, safe driving cannot be stressed enough. Drivers should:
- Obey traffic signs/signals
- Travel the speed limit
- Keep the car in safe working condition by checking the oil, tires or having the car serviced regularly
- Never drive impaired by alcohol, drugs or prescription medication
- Limit distractions like texting while driving, eating or checking email
Particularly, with the upcoming Labor Day weekend expected to increase travel for Texas drivers, there isn't a better time to take note of important and safe driving practices.