It is not the kind of news that should comfort any Houston car accident lawyer. A new study finds that there has been an increase in the number of teenage drivers being killed in accidents. That increase was seen in 23 states, including Texas. In our state, there was a four percent increase in the number of 16 and 17-year-olds killed in accidents.
Across the country, teenage traffic accident fatality numbers in 2011 increased by approximately 11%. That increase came after several years of declining traffic accident fatality involving teen drivers. It is no wonder then that national transportation agencies, including the Governors Highway Safety Association which reported those findings, are very concerned about this increase.
When it came to the number of teenage drivers aged 16 and 17 killed in accidents, Texas ranked at the top of the list, with a total of 26 teenage drivers killed in accidents. The results of the study have been shocking enough for the Texas Department Of Transportation to swing into action. The agency has launched the Annual Teen Ticket or Ticket Campaign. The campaign is meant to encourage seatbelt usage among teen drivers, typically a category of drivers that tends to ignore seat restraint laws.
The campaign will continue across the state, with contests and initiatives at more than 700 high schools. The agency hopes to target more than 700,000 students, and wants to raise awareness about road safety as well as the importance of wearing seatbelts.
The Houston car accident lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent persons injured in Houston car accidents and auto accidents across Texas.