Austin, TX- Most Texans are hard workers. They spend hours on the job and another big chunk of time in traffic driving to and from work. That is why thousands of Texans are harmed in accidents in the workplace and on the road. In a recent safety survey, Texas was given low marks for road and workplace safety.
National Safety Council’s “State of Safety Survey”
In their “State of Safety” survey, the National Safety Council (NSC) studied fatal and injurious accident data, laws, safety awareness programs and other initiatives that can have a positive impact on the welfare of individuals in a community. The point of the survey is to see which areas of personal safety a state is doing well and what areas could be improved. There are three main areas of the human activity considered for the study: road safety, home and community, and workplace safety.
Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental deaths injuries in the U.S. That’s true of Texas, but when it comes to road safety, the state is lagging. The NSC gave Texas a “D” for road safety.
Each state’s grade is based on the safety indicators that have been put in place to curtail the following categories of road hazards:
Improper restraint of child passengers
In most of the categories listed above, each state has laws and awareness programs in place to prevent traffic accidents. Each state is given good marks for laws and policies aimed at safety and bad marks for not having effective policies. For instance, Texas gets high marks for preventing alcohol-impaired accidents, but the state is off-track when it comes to speed-related crashes.
When determining if a state is doing enough to reduce traffic crashes, the NSC looks for what they call indicators. To assign a grade for the prevention of a speed-related accident, the NSC looks for the following indicators:
Red-light cameras or other forms of automated speeding enforcement.
A maximum speed limit of 55 on urban interstates.
Lower speed limits in school zones.
The NSC says the state is off-track in reducing speed-related crashes. Texas is also doing a bad job at reducing traffic accidents involving teens.
The state of Texas doesn’t get high marks for workplace safety either. In the three main categories of workplace safety, which include prevention and enforcement, workers’ compensation, and worker health and wellbeing, Texas is off-track or still developing effective policies.
OSHA estimates that employer safety awareness programs can reduce workplace accidents anywhere between 15 and 35 percent. Texas is developing policies that make workplaces less hazardous, but employers and state officials still have work to do.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer in Austin, Texas
While the state can take steps to prevent some accidents through effective legislation, it is nearly impossible to stop accidents altogether. Some drivers just ignore traffic laws, and employers shun best safety practices, and others at put at risk of suffering severe or deadly injuries. If you are hurt in an accident, let USAttorneys help you find an injury lawyer in Texas to file a negligence claim on your behalf.
Accident victims who live in Austin, we recommend you contact the Robson Law Firm and set up a case evaluation. You can reach one of their devoted personal injury lawyers by calling (512) 345-8200. The attorneys at Robson Law will give your case the attention it deserves and won’t give up until you are pleased with the outcome.