Texas Ranks Low in Road Safety Laws According to Report

Houston-based personal injury lawyer Brad Wyly of Wyly & Cook, LLP files claims and lawsuits related to Texas road safety issues.
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Feb. 22, 2013 - PRLog -- In an annual report called the “Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws” issued recently by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the states were ranked for performance measured against 15 basic traffic safety laws, and the State of Texas was listed in the lowest tier for safety performance. Texas has over 80,000 miles of highways managed by the state, and since 2002, there has not been a day when there has not been a fatal accident. Lawmakers in Texas have been far slower than other states in adopting basic traffic safety laws that have been proven to reduce fatalities.

The statistics in the U.S. in traffic fatalities has made the biggest increase since 1975, and crash fatalities jumped 7% in one year. Federal grants are available to states that pass licensing laws for teenage drivers, and that impose penalties that include the installation of ignition interlock devices that will inhibit intoxicated drivers from being able to operate their vehicles. Other recommended statutes are related to distracted driving, seat belt laws and passing a ban on texting while driving.

The group proposes that 316 new laws should be immediately adopted in all states to assist in reducing the numbers of vehicle related deaths. The report cites that the State of Texas failed to enact 8 of the 15 recommended laws, and has still failed to enact a law making it illegal to text while driving. When a texting ban made it to Governor Perry’s desk last year, he took the unexpected action of vetoing the ban. Once again, the law is moving through the system and traffic safety experts continue to push Texas state lawmakers to take action to protect innocent drivers by getting up-to-date with road safety laws.

At Wyly & jngy Cook, LLP, Brad Wyly takes on difficult personal injury cases, including those that must be litigated, such as claims against the state for failing to enact laws to protect innocent drivers. The numbers of serious injury accidents as well as unnecessary deaths that are the result of just the one law – a texting ban – are frightening. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a negligent driver, Mr. Wyly can help you file a legal action to recover compensation. With the highest possible peer review rating, AV or preeminent in personal injury law, Mr. Wyly has extensive civil trial experience, and is reaching out to victims of accidents and their families with the goal of pursuing compensation and justice. You can find out more about the firm and Mr. Wyly at their website at http://www.wylylawfirm.com.
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