As the largest state in the Continental United States, Texas has more freeways and highways than many other states. Therefore, it is not shocking to learn that the state had the highest number of traffic fatalities in 2011. However, you would think the state would be taking extra precautions to address this problem. Unfortunately, that is not the case. According to the 10th annual "Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws" released by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Texas has failed to pass eight of the 15 recommended safety measures. They are: an all-rider motorcycle helmet law, a minimum age of 16 to get a learner's permit, 30-50 hours of supervised driving for teenage drivers, a stronger nighttime restriction provision for teenage drivers, a passenger restriction provision for teenage drivers, a minimum age of 18 to get an unrestricted license, an ignition interlock law for all drunk driving offenders, and an all-driver text messaging restriction. Of the eight laws that Texas has yet to pass, five of them specifically target teenage drivers(six if you include the text messaging restriction). This is scary. In 2011, 4,767 people were killed in crashes involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 20. Of those 4,767 people killed, 1,987 of them were young drivers, and 1,191 were passengers of teenage drivers. These statistics are eye-popping, but not surprising. As any car accident lawyer will attest, people become better drivers as they mature and get more experience. That is all the more reason to put strong laws in place for teenage drivers. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and should be treated as such. Besides teenage driver safety, Texas lags behind other states in their treatment of drunk drivers. While it is good to see a push by law enforcement officials to create more DWI checkpoints, that is not enough. Right now, the state does not force all drunk driving offenders to have an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. When you consider that studies indicate the average first time offender will drive drunk 87 times before getting caught, it is clear that this is habitual behavior, not a one-time issue. Texas also needs to improve its safety regulations for motorcyclists. It is incomprehensible that the state lets bikers get away with riding without a helmet. To us, that is the equivalent of allowing people to ride in car without wearing a seatbelt. Some might say that it is not the state's place to tell someone what they can and cannot do. However, in this case, we disagree. When you have dealt with as many wrongful death lawsuits involving motorcyclists as we have, you begin to realize some people need to be protected against their own devices. The stats back us up: motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die and five times more likely to be injured in a traffic accident than occupants of passenger cars. It is no wonder many crashes involving a motorcyclist require the services of a personal injury attorney.