The city of Longview, TX has witnessed an increase in fatal crashes and deaths from 2016 to 2017 and officials believe nearly all of the accidents could have been prevented. In 2017, there were 18 recorded crashes that were fatal and 21 deaths from those crashes. In the previous year, there were only seven crashes and seven deaths. With such a jump in numbers, officials took a look at what was the exact cause of these collisions in order to help drivers become more aware of what type of behavior they should avoid.
According to Longview Police spokesman Sgt. Shane McCarter, “in nine of the fatal wrecks this past year, the driver’s failure to yield the right of way was ruled the main cause of the crash.” Some of the other causes that led up to these 21 accidents occurring included:
- Drivers disregarding a red light.
- Failing to maintain a single lane.
- Disregarding a stop-and-go signal.
- Driving while intoxicated
While most would assume that it was a drunk driver that caused most of these accidents, only one fatal crash was attributed to an intoxicated motorist. The truth is, drivers are continually displaying negligent behavior and are the causes of their own accidents. One collision in which two lives were taken was caused by two vehicles that had been racing on North Eastman Road.
Because the number of fatal accidents and deaths continues to rise in the state of Texas, TxDOT projects that the rate will continue to grow to more than 4,000 a year by 2020 [Source: Longview News-Journal]. From 2014 to 2016, statewide deaths increased from 3,536 to 3,775. But, it doesn’t have to pan out this way. McCarter said that “there is somebody at fault in every accident, so if every driver pays attention to the road and follows the rules of the road, traffic accidents would be greatly reduced.”
What are some of Texas’ Right of Way Laws?
Seeing that majority of the accidents were caused by drivers failing to yield the right of way, below we share with you some of Texas’ laws you should be abiding by which may potentially help you avoid an accident.
- When turning right, you are required to yield to through traffic and pedestrians.
- Always be alert for pedestrians, regardless of whether or not they are crossing legally.
- Pedestrians that are already in the crosswalk have the legal right of way if the light changes to red while they are crossing.
- Pedestrians have the legal right of way on a green light in the absence of a “Walk” signal.
- Remember to always give the right of way to police cars, ambulances, fire trucks or other emergency vehicles if they are using a siren, bell, or flashing red light.
- When turning left, you must yield to through and opposing traffic and pedestrians.
You can read up on more right of ways laws in Texas by visiting yourmechanic.com.
If you are the unfortunate victim of an accident that occurred in Longview and aren’t sure whether you need to hire a lawyer, call USAttorneys.com and let us connect you with a professional who can help you. While it isn’t always necessary to hire a Longview accident attorney, sitting down with one and discussing your options isn’t a bad idea. The accident lawyers we work with are highly experienced and can share with you some previous cases they have had, what your rights are as a victim, and how Texas laws can be used to your advantage in this particular matter.