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Are Child Pedestrian Deaths Rare?

It has been a tragic week for the Austin family of 12-year-old Ashanti Taliah Williams, who has become Austin’s second traffic fatality of the new year. She had attempted to run across I-35 when a Dodge truck hit her. Statistics show that the high percentage of pedestrian accidents for children under the age of 16 make it one of the leading age groups for pedestrian deaths in the nation. What Are the Age Statistics for Pedestrian Deaths? According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, pedestrians over the age of 64 make up about 21 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, while children under 16 years old come in second on the list with 10 percent of fatalities. Overall, the fatality rate per pedestrian accident increases with age. In addition, among adult pedestrian fatalities, alcohol was involved about 37 percent of the time. What Causes Drivers to Hit Pedestrians? Often…
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Are Auto Accidents Resulting in Death or Injury Rising in Texas?

While the nation is seeing traffic fatalities declining, Texas is actually seeing them increase. The influence of alcohol, speeding and failing to buckle seat belts are all reasons for a three-year increase in car accidents, according to both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A representative for the IIHS estimates that about 90 percent of all accidents are caused by mistakes, such as distracted driving. In Texas, injuries from car wrecks have increased by 12 percent, while fatalities in car crashes have increased by 10 percent. Likewise, auto insurance rates have been increasing on the whole because of this, according to a representative for the Insurance Council of Texas. Are Traffic Fatalities Increasing in Austin? Statistics compiled by the City of Austin reveal that Austin has seen a 42 percent increase in traffic fatalities from 2011 to 2012. Approximately 51 percent…
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Are Icy Road Fatalities Common in Texas?

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Texas is one of the leading states for icy road fatalities, despite being a Southern state associated with warm weather. In fact, Texas is one of only 13 of the 50 states that had over 15 fatalities on icy roads in the course of the study. It is the only Southern representative of these 13 states. Overall, Texas came in fifth for these wintry accidents, falling only behind Pennsylvania, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Curiously, cold-weather New England region did not have a single state with over 15 ice-related car accident fatalities. While large parts of Texas may not see snow, icy conditions may exist in shadowy areas like under a bridge or on an overpass. Is There a Recent Example of an Icy Road Fatality? A Texas prison bus in Odessa, Texas slid off a frozen highway overpass and…
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