Five More Died in Austin Crashes in 2011 than in 2010
The city of Austin, Texas and the Austin Police Department make annual crime and traffic reports available to the public on their website: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/annual-crime-traffic-reports. The most recent reports available are for the calendar years of 2010 and 2011. Discovering the causes and types of traffic accidents in the city helps residents understand the nature of crashes and possibly avoid becoming involved in crashes themselves.
In 2011, there were 48 Austin crashes resulting in fatalities, with 54 people dying in these crashes. There were 49 deaths, five fewer, in Austin vehicle crashes in 2010.
Forty-one percent of those who died in Austin traffic accidents in 2011 were occupants of motor vehicles. In addition, 41 percent were pedestrians, 16 percent were motorcyclists, and two percent were bicyclists.
Motorcycle Helmet Use
Of all Austin motorcycle crash deaths recorded in 2011, 44 percent of victims were not wearing helmets. The remaining 56 percent wore helmets.
Of all Austin vehicle occupant deaths in 2011, 41 percent of those who died were not wearing their seatbelts while 50 percent were wearing seatbelts. Seatbelt use among the remaining nine percent is unknown.
Twenty-one percent of Austin’s traffic fatalities in 2011 involved a driver impaired with alcohol. This is down from 53 percent in 2010.
Speed was a contributing factor in 23 percent of Austin traffic deaths that occurred in 2011.
Location of Fatal Austin Accidents
Forty-four percent of Austin traffic fatalities occurred on freeways, and the remaining 56 percent on other streets and roads.
Finding Justice for Lost Loved Ones
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a traffic accident caused by the negligence of someone else, a drunk driver for example, contact a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer at the King Law Firm. Please call us at (512) 514-6633 to discuss your potential case free of charge.