Texas Car Accident Statistics

Written by: Roy Boujaoude

A Look at the Most Recent Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the most recent data available from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), “1 person was killed every 2 hours 25 minutes” in a motor vehicle crash in 2018. In their year-long public awareness campaign, Be Safe. Drive Smart. the TxDOT notes that the State sees over 3,700 traffic fatalities each year. The statistics are devastating, with numerous preventable tragedies occurring on Texas roadways every year.

How many car accidents are there each year in Texas?

The TxDOT releases information each June for the previous year. The data shows that in the most recent year available, there were a total of 421,882 motor vehicle crashes in the State.

How many car crash injuries are there each year in Texas?

Over half of the reported car crashes (249,241) in the State of Texas involved an injury. This means that someone was injured in a motor vehicle collision every 2 minutes and 7 seconds. Of those crashes, 14,000 reported serious injuries to drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.

What are the leading causes of car accidents in Texas?

Some of the most common contributors to motor vehicle collisions in the State of Texas include:

  • Speeding
  • Driver inattention
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Failure to maintain lane/Unsafe lane change
  • Failure to stop or yield
  • Following too closely
  • Driver fatigue

How many deaths occur on Texas roadways?

According to the #EndTheStreakTX Campaign, the last deathless day on Texas Roadways was November 7, 2000. Since then, nearly 67,000 people have died in traffic-related fatalities. This means that an average of 10 people die every day on Texas roads. Most deaths occur on US and State Highways. In 2018 alone, there were 3,303 fatal car crashes and 3,639 fatalities in Texas. The fatality rate was “1.29 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled.”

What are the leading causes of Texas traffic-related fatalities?

There can be several contributing factors to a traffic-related fatality, some of the most common include:

  • Failure to stay in one lane
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving

What cities in the State of Texas have the most traffic collisions?

Houston had more car crashes than any other city in the State of Texas in 2018. San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Ft. Worth, and Austin all had over 15,000 traffic crashes in a single year, accounting for a significant portion of the State’s total motor vehicle collisions.

How many car accidents occur in Houston every year?

According to the TxDOT, Houston had 64,126 total crashes in a single year. Of those crashes, there were 189 fatal crashes resulting in 197 total fatalities.  Houston car accident injuries for the most recent data include:

  • 1,030 suspected serious crashes resulting in 1,175 suspected serious injuries
  • 5,038 non-incapacitating crashes resulting in 6,073 non-incapacitating injuries
  • 14,123 possible injury crashes resulting in 21,878 possible injuries

Injured in a car accident? Hire an experienced attorney.

The statistics are grim. Reportable crashes in the State of Texas occur every 58 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. If you are injured in a car accident, you might be entitled to compensation. You need the help of a knowledgeable auto accident lawyer that understands the complex nature of accident and injury cases. He will fight hard to get you the money you deserve. Do not accept a settlement without consulting a leading car accident lawyer. In order to get the maximum recovery in your case, you need experience you can trust. Contact the Law Office of Roy Boujaoude today at 713-903-3283 for a free consultation.

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