A Look at the Fatal Car Accident Statistics in Texas
Over the past five years, Texas has consistently been among the states with the most fatal car accidents, leading the nation in 2016 and 2017 with nearly 3,800 deaths each year on the state’s roadways. Of course, Texas is one of the largest states in the nation, with more than 303,000 miles of public roads, more than any other state. Texas also has higher speed limits on some stretches of highway, with motorists able to legally drive 80 mph in some places. Data collected by the Texas Department of Transportation indicates that driving under the influence and distracted driving also are leading causes of death on Texas highways.
Here are just a few sobering statistics from recent years in Texas:
- During the calendar year 2017, there wasn’t a single day when someone didn’t die in a motor vehicle accident somewhere in the Lone Star State.
- On November 17, 2017, 26 people were killed in traffic accidents.
- During the month of July 2017, 352 lives were lost in fatal crashes on the state’s roadways.
- In 2018, there were over 12,000 serious motor vehicle crashes, resulting in nearly 15,000 hospitalizations for serious injury.
- In 2018, approximately 55% of all fatal car accidents—2,001 deaths—occurred on rural roads.
- In 2018, 940 people died in accidents where at least one driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- That same year, 701 people died in crashes at intersections, and 548 were killed in head-on collisions.
- 418 of the traffic fatalities in 2018 were motorcyclists or their passengers.
Contact the Proven Car Accident Lawyers at Bailey & Galyen
At the law office of Bailey & Galyen, we have decades of effectively representing victims of car accidents. We offer a free initial consultation to anyone hurt by someone else’s carelessness or negligence. To schedule an appointment with a proven personal injury attorney, contact us by e-mail or call our offices at 844-402-2992. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.