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More hours behind the wheel mean increased chance for accidents

As you have likely noticed, there are many people driving at any given time. Even if you are driving in the middle of the night, you have probably noticed there are plenty of other vehicles on the highway and interstate with you. This is not just your imagination – studies indicate there are more cars on the road than ever before.

Americans are driving more, which means they may be facing a higher risk of involvement in a car accident. Simply put, the more time a person is in the car, the more likely it is that he or she will eventually be in a collision of some kind. With this in mind, you understand why it is critically important to consider ways to make Texas interstates, highways and roads safer for everyone. 

Road safety: a serious concern

Sharing the road with more drivers may cause you concerns. After all, more people sharing the same space may make it more likely that you will be a victim of the dangerous, reckless or negligent choices of another person. As you think about this problem and consider possible solutions to growing road safety concerns, the following facts may be interesting to you: 

  • Statistics indicate drivers in the United States are in their vehicles 20 minutes longer per week than they were just five years ago.
  • In just one year, estimates suggest that American drivers are spending as much as 70 billion hours in their vehicles.
  • Longer hours behind the wheel can increase the risk of fatigue and poor driving behaviors.
  • On average, men drive longer distances and spend more time driving than women.
  • More older drivers are on the road for longer amounts of time than in years past.

These are just a few of the statistics that indicate the extreme importance of sharing the road safely, as well as avoiding dangerous behaviors such as drunk driving, distracted driving and more. 

What does this mean for you?

At some point, you may be the victim of the poor decisions of another driver. If you are suffering from injuries and financial losses after an accident, you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. A complete assessment of your case can help you understand the legal options available to you. 

No matter how many people are on the road, you have the right to fight for a full and fair recovery after an accident. You do not have to navigate the aftermath of a collision on your own.

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