Every death on Austin roads is one too many, and that is the underlying message of Vision Zero, the safety initiative launched in 2015 with the goal of reducing traffic deaths in the city to zero.
In fact, last year 102 people were killed on roads in Austin, making 2015 the deadliest year on record for traffic deaths in the city.
City transportation officials have determined specific patterns as to where and why crashes are happening.
Drawing from data from 2010 through 2014, city officials working on the Vision Zero proposal say that speeding, driver distraction, driver impairment, failure to stop and the sheer number of vehicles on the road are all factors that have led to increased collisions and deaths.
The city has also identified specific intersections that are particularly unsafe. The top five most dangerous intersections are:
- W. Slaugher Lane/Manchaca Road
- Lamar Blvd./Rundberg Lane
- Lamar Blvd./Palmer Lane
- U.S. 183 Service Road/Cameron Road
- IH 35 Service Road Southbound/Martin Luther King
Crashes in these areas are mostly happening at driveways where people are making unsafe left turns; in right-turn lanes where vehicles are being rear-ended and pedestrians are at risk; and on frontage roads where vehicles are crossing lanes.
The Vision Zero initiative is aimed at improving safety in these areas with better design and construction, although city planners say that the amount of vehicles on the road is the main predictor of traffic deaths.
Increasing public transit ridership is one way of reducing the number vehicles on the road and lessening the risk of accidents. City planners say they are aware of this fact and are considering possible solutions.
The City Council is expected to be presented with the Vision Zero plan after city officials gather feedback at committee meetings over a five-month period.
Accident victims and their families deserve compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for a number of costs, including lost income, medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.
Keep in mind that the insurance company may contact you soon after the wreck, but you should speak with a personal injury attorney before talking to an adjuster or agreeing to anything. Insurers are for-profit companies that seek to reduce and deny accident claims, and a personal injury lawyer can advise you of your options, investigate and assess your case, and work efficiently to help you receive the maximum in compensation.
For more on these matters, please Levine Law Firm’s Motor Vehicle Accidentoverview.