Will this troubling trend continue in 2022?
Roads can be dangerous when those behind the wheel are reckless. New data shows that the roads in Wichita Falls have been increasingly dangerous in recent years.
According to the Wichita Falls Police Department Annual Report, the city saw an increase in both car accidents and fatal crashes from 2020 to 2021. There were a total of 2,151 motor vehicle accidents in 2020 and 2,602 in 2021, an increase of 451 crashes. During that same timeframe, Wichita Falls also saw the number of fatal crashes double, going from 4 to 8.
Sadly, things don't seem to be getting better in 2022.
Negligence is often to blame
In mid-March, Wichita Falls Police responded to a two-vehicle crash. Witnesses say a woman was speeding down Old Jacksboro Highway and running red lights when she crashed into another vehicle on Central Freeway, ejecting her from her vehicle.
According to News Channel 6, the woman received treatment in the hospital and the other driver suffered minor injuries. Police say the area is known for people running red lights and warn drivers to be careful when entering that intersection.
Accidents like this underscore how dangerous our roads and highways can be, but it's worth noting that no matter how careful you are when you're driving, it only takes one reckless driver to cause a crash that leaves you severely injured—or worse.
Wichita Falls crash statistics
Speeding and other forms of negligent driving make the roads in Wichita Falls dangerous and put everyone at risk of getting injured or killed in a car accident. In a 2020 report published by Aceable, Wichita Falls was ranked the 5th most dangerous city for drivers in Texas with 10.52 fatal car accidents per 100,000 residents, despite being the city with the fewest amount of people on the list.
Rounding out the remaining top 5 most dangerous cities for Texas drivers were Fort Worth with 10.61 fatal crashes per 100,000 residents; Odessa (12.44); Beaumont (14.35); and Dallas (14.42). The city also made the list of the top 10 least populated cities with a high number of DUI-related accidents and fatalities.
In the same annual report from the Wichita Falls PD, the data also shows that there were 15 more motorcycle accidents (including one fatal) in 2021 compared to 2020.
How a car accident lawyer can help you
If you're injured in a crash in Wichita County, a car accident attorney can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you're entitled to. Insurance companies are notorious for making lowball settlement offers, downplaying the severity of injuries, and throwing all sorts of obstacles in the way of crash victims to save the insurance company money—even if it's at your expense.
With an experienced Wichita Falls car accident lawyer on your side, you can rest assured that someone is looking out for your best interests and will work to obtain the outcome you deserve. Specifically, an attorney can:
- Investigate the circumstances of your accident.
- Track down and interview eyewitnesses.
- Gather and preserve evidence.
- Accurately calculate the true cost of your accident, including the long-term impact of your injury.
- Identify all liable parties and potential sources of compensation.
- Deal with the insurance company and advocate for the compensation you deserve.
- File a civil lawsuit in the appropriate court, if necessary.
We fight for the rights of crash victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it's important to know your legal rights and options. At Hoover Rogers Law, LLP, Our goal is to fight for the justice and financial compensation you deserve. We want you to focus on healing while we handle everything else. Our car accident lawyers have more than 20 years of combined local legal experience and would be honored to talk to you about your potential legal case.
To see how we can help you, contact us today for a free consultation. We have two offices located in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Lawton, Oklahoma.