Dallas Traffic Deaths Soar; The Dangers of Driving in Dallas

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New data from an NBC 5 investigation reveals that Dallas has the highest traffic fatality rate among the ten largest cities in the United States over the past five years. The city averaged about 15 traffic deaths for every 100,000 people from 2017 to 2021, which is higher than any other city with over one million residents. Furthermore, Dallas’ traffic death rate is significantly higher than nearby cities like Houston, Fort Worth, and Los Angeles.

The findings indicate a concerning trend in road safety, with over 1,000 people killed and more than 5,600 seriously injured in traffic crashes in Dallas alone since 2019. In the broader North Texas area, over 4,300 people have died in road accidents within the same timeframe, with more than 20,000 experiencing serious injuries.

The investigation identified speeding as the leading contributing factor to deadly crashes in Dallas, often in combination with other issues like driving under the influence and failing to stay in one’s lane. Excessive speeding is particularly prevalent, with some drivers caught going over 100 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The data also reveals that high speeds and aggressive driving behaviors are not limited to highways but are observed on city streets, even where speed limits are lower and pedestrian traffic is common. This poses a significant risk, as research indicates that higher speeds increase the likelihood of fatal or severe injuries in collisions.

To address this issue, the investigation suggests that many roads in the region may be designed in a way that encourages high-speed driving. Experts recommend road design changes that naturally slow down drivers, including narrowing lanes and implementing traffic calming measures. The investigation will continue to explore the deadliest streets in Dallas and examine the steps taken to reduce high speeds through innovative design changes, stricter speed enforcement, and improved pedestrian safety.

The high rate of traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Dallas highlights the urgent need for improved road safety measures and stricter enforcement of traffic laws. Victims of traffic accidents may seek legal recourse to recover damages and hold responsible parties accountable. Additionally, it underscores the importance of taking preventive measures such as driving responsibly and adhering to posted speed limits to reduce the risk of personal injuries in accidents.

If a negligent party has seriously injured you or a loved one, McCraw Law Group is here to help. Call today for a free consultation to find out what we can do for you. Our proven client process ensures that we receive results fast. From dealing with insurance companies to arranging transportation, McCraw Law Group has the resources to assist you in your time of need.

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