What These 18 Statistics Say About Car Accidents in Texas

Each year, the state of Texas experiences the same devastating impact of motor vehicle accidents that the rest of the country also endures. One of the main differences between Texas and other states, however, is the sheer number of drivers and vehicles operating on Texas roadways. As of 2019, 83% of the state’s population have driver’s licenses. That means about 23.7 million Texans are legally allowed to operate vehicles. Additionally, there are 22 million registered vehicles in Texas. With millions of drivers and millions of cars, both minor and major accidents are bound to occur.

Traffic speeds along Pennybacker Bridge in Austin, Texas

A Closer Look at the Statistics

The numbers behind car accidents in Texas can paint a clearer picture of what is truly taking place on our roads. Knowing how often car accidents occur and under what circumstances can better prepare Texas drivers when behind the wheel. Note that if you are involved in a car accident, our firm based in Austin has experienced car accident attorneys ready to assist you throughout the claims process.

Fatality Statistics

Unfortunately, Texas is home to some of the most deadly roadways. Out of the entire country, the state of Texas was the leader in the most fatal car accidents in 2020. Here is a look at the statistics surrounding fatal car accidents in Texas:

  1. In 2020, the fatality rate on Texas roadways reached a high of 1.50 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. While it may first sound like a small number, this ratio is nearly a 19% increase from 2019, where Texas experienced 1.26 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled.
  2. That was not the only devastating fatality statistic Texas saw an increase in during the 2020 calendar year. The 2020 death toll reached 3,896 – more than a 7.5% increase from 2019. (There were 3,623 total fatalities in 2019.) 
  3. Across the state, there were also a total of 12,107 “serious injury crashes,” which left 14,656 motorists and passengers to sustain a “serious injury” as a result of the collision.
  4. Over half (51.03% to be exact) of all fatalities within the state of Texas occurred in rural areas of the state. In these rural area crashes, there were a total of 1,988 deaths.
  5. Single-vehicle, run-off-the-road crashes made up over one-third (34.75%) of fatal car accidents in 2020. These crashes resulted in 1,354 deaths.
  6. Intersection-related accidents resulted in another 865 deaths in 2020. 
  7. Head-on accidents claimed the lives of 538 people in 2020.
  8. Texas did not experience one “deathless day” on its roadways in 2020.
  9. Two accidents claimed the lives of six or more people in the same collision.
  10. Sunday, June 21st, Friday, August 14th, and Monday, December 28th, were the “deadliest” fatality days in 2020. On each of these days, car accidents cut the lives of 22 people short. As a whole, October was the deadliest month in terms of car fatalities in 2020 (382 deaths).
  11. Based on reported crashes in 2020, here are the accident-to-time ratios:
    1. 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 15 minutes
    2. 1 person was injured every 2 minutes and 34 seconds
    3. 1 reportable crash occurred every 1 minute and 7 seconds
  12. There were 717 pedestrian fatalities in 2020, an 8.47% increase from 2019, and 79 pedalcyclist fatalities, a 16.18% increase from 2019.
Motorists heading in and out of downtown Austin in the evening

Travel and Safety Statistics

Below are some statistics from the millions of drivers that traveled along Texas roadways in recent years:

  1. In 2020, the total number of vehicle miles traveled topped out at 260.580 billion. Despite the rise in fatalities, 2020 saw a decrease in numbers traveled compared to the 288.227 billion miles traveled in 2019 – a decrease of 10.61%.
  2. A reported 46.54% of fatalities in 2020 recorded that the person(s) killed was not wearing a seatbelt or taking safety precautions when the car accident took place.
  3. 205,498 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic accidents in 2020.
  4. In total, 482 motorcyclists – including drivers and passengers – were killed in 2020. What’s more upsetting is the fact that 45% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets upon impact.

Under the Influence and Drunk Driving in Texas Statistics

Many of the recent accidents that occured on Texas roadways were avoidable. Many of these avoidable accidents were caused by an impaired driver who was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The following statistics help demonstrate how dangerous driving while under the influence is:

  1. Nearly 25% of all fatal accidents occurred at the hands of a motorist who was under the influence at the time of the collision. There were 958 people killed in these types of accidents.
  2. There were more DUI-related crashes reported between the hour of 2-3 a.m. than any other hour of the day. In addition, Saturdays experienced the most DUI-related car accidents compared to any other day of the week.

What the Numbers Mean

While the car accident statistics for Texas may seem grim, it is crucial to understand what is taking place every day on our roads and highways. The statistics clearly show that dangers are ever prevalent on Texas roadways. Whether you are involved in a Dallas, Houston, or Austin car accident, our attorneys at Sandoval & James are prepared to help you with your case. Our experts can guide you as you recover from the trauma associated with a car accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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