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Vehicles getting safer, but auto accidents still major concern

Many vehicles now come with various types of technology that is intended to keep drivers safe and help them make safer choices behind the wheel. Many of these tools were designed in response to growing safety concerns related to distracted driving and the many auto accidents it causes. Despite vehicles that are safer and more advanced than ever, the rate of Texas auto accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles continues to rise. 

According to numbers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of accidents involving bicycles is up by approximately 10%. This brings the number of bicycle-involved fatalities up to its highest rate since 1998. Statistics also indicate that pedestrian deaths were up by approximately 4% as well. 

One reason for the continued increase in these types of accidents is distraction. Pedestrians and cyclists are largely unprotected against the impact of a moving vehicle, and even a low-speed collision can result in deadly consequences. There is technology, such as automatic braking, that can help alert drivers to dangers, but it isn't in all vehicles yet. Pressure is growing for more automakers to include features that could save the lives of people outside of the vehicle.

No matter what type of technology is in a Texas driver's vehicle, he or she is still responsible for the choices made behind the wheel. Victims of auto accidents caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person could have grounds to pursue legal action. Through a personal injury claim, it may be possible for a person to secure fair compensation for his or her financial losses and damages. 

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