Catastrophic Accidents Inundate the I-35
This could be a headline on any day this week, month or even year. Although the exact number for this week alone isn’t known, there have been more than a dozen reported accidents leading to injury and, in some cases, death since Sunday. As a Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury attorney and wrongful death attorney, we know these heartbreaking statistics because we’re working with clients every day involved in accidents on I-35.
Shocking Accident Facts
Although statistics vary throughout the nation, the average cost of a vehicular accident where no one sustains major injury or dies is close to $9,000. However, accidents along interstates are much more likely to include major injury and death and can cost over a million dollars according to the National Safety Council. Sadly, 2021 is set to become one of the most hazardous years on Texas roads. As a Dallas wrongful death attorney, the latest statistic we have is that there have been nearly 2,000 fatal crashes involving just over 4,000 vehicles and resulting in nearly 5,000 deaths on Texas roadways through June of this year. When you’re injured or a loved one dies, it’s in your best interest to call a Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury attorney.
Why the Increase in Accidents?
Most of us know the leading cause of accidents is distracted driving, however, it’s not the only cause. Here are a few of the other leading causes of traffic accidents:
- More people on the road than ever before.
- Increased frustration/road rage leading to more reckless driving.
- Relying too much on vehicle technology and not common sense.
- Increased alcohol use means more people drinking and driving.
- Poor road conditions and constant road construction.
- Exhaustion, which is as dangerous as driving under the influence.
Interstate 35 has accidents resulting from all these, which is likely why we can turn on the radio or TV for a traffic update virtually any day and hear about at least one accident along I-35.