Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts for 2019

Yearly Report Gives Us an Overview of Accident Statistics from Across Texas

Not many people know it has been over 20 years since we have gone a day without a fatality here in Texas. The day was November 7, 2000 and since then we have unfortunately seen at least 1 death, a day on Texas roads. In that 20-year time-period our state has seen nearly 67,000 fatalities from vehicle crashes on our roads, freeways and highways.

According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation the overall numbers for 2019 reflect the following changes and trends:

  • 1 person was killed every 2 hours 26 minutes. 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 3 seconds. 1 reportable crash occurred every 56 seconds;
  • A total of 256,338 people were injured in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other forms of motor vehicle crashes;
  • A total of 12,897 serious injury crashes were recorded, with a total of 15,843 people sustaining a serious injury (incapacitating injury as a result of a traffic accident in Texas);
  • Crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection accounted for 731 deaths;
  • A little more than half of all deaths resulting from car crashes, 51.69% were in rural areas of the state. The total number of fatalities from traffic crashes in rural areas was 1,866;
  • 600 people were killed in head-on crashes;
  • There was at least one traffic accident that resulted in 6 or more deaths;
  • In total, Texas saw a slight decrease in total traffic deaths for the year, with 3,610 recorded for 2019. The year prior, 2018 saw 3,652 recorded deaths on Texas roadways;
  • Deadliest day in 2019? Unfortunately there wasn’t just one. . . Wednesday, June 5th and Saturday, December 7th. Both days saw 21 people killed in traffic crashes;
  • Deadliest month for traffic deaths in Texas? December recorded a total of 333 deaths;
  • 25% of people killed in traffic crashes involved a driver under the influence of alcohol, accounting for a total of 886 deaths;
  • Most DUI – alcohol crashes occur between 2:00am and 3:00am. Most of the crashes involving a drunk driver take place on Saturday’s;
  • The number of traffic accidents involving distracted driving decreased 6% in 2019, however it still accounted for 377 people killed because of distracted drivers;
  • Motorcycle operators and passengers were nearly 15% of the total traffic crash deaths in Texas in 2019. A total of 410 motorcycle operators were killed for the year.

County by County Breakdown of the 2019 Data on Traffic Crashes in Texas

Let’s take a look at some of the largest counties in Texas and see how they compare, both in terms of fatalities and injuries as a result of traffic crashes for the year. If you have been injured in a traffic accident due to the negligence of another driver, we can help you. The Law Offices of Domingo Garcia can help you get the proper medical care, collect your lost wages and get your car repaired.

Fatal Crashes by Road Type

Living in Texas or just driving through, you have probably learned by now that you can spend a full day driving and still be in the great state of Texas!

Most Common Contributing Factors of Fatalities on Texas Roads

We are going to take a look at the data as it compares from rural Texas roads to more urban and metropolitan areas. The information reported every year gives a really good breakdown of some of the most common contributing factors for fatal and serious accidents. Understanding this information can hopefully help you not only become a better defensive driver, but also more resilient in holding negligent drivers accountable.

First we are going to look at the most common contributing factors to serious injury accidents on RURAL Texas roads:

  • Defective or Slick Tires accounted for 51 deaths;
  • Disregard of a Stop Sign or Light accounted for 55 deaths;
  • Failed to Control Speed resulted in 181 deaths;
  • Failed to drive in a single lane resulted in 349 deaths;
  • Driver inattention accounts for 114 deaths;
  • Failed to give half of roadway accounted for 12 deaths;
  • Failed to pass to left safely results in 17 deaths
  • Failed to yield row – Stop Sign resulted in 69 deaths;
  • Failed to yield row – Turning Left resulted in 34 deaths;
  • Speeding – over limit accounted for 94 deaths in rural Texas and 69 serious injuries;
  • Fatigued or Asleep driving resulted in 127 fatalities and 334 serious injury crashes;
  • Following too closely is really dangerous because cars have a very limited amount of time to react and adjust immediate braking. In 2019 a total of 9 were killed, and another 44 people were injured in these types of accidents on Texas roads;
  • DUI – Impaired driving lead to 231 deaths on rural Texas roads;
  • Speeding – Unsafe (under limit) accounted for 256 deaths and nearly 800 serious injuries;
  • Passing in a no passing lane resulted in 22 deaths;
  • Driving on the wrong side – not passing accounts for 185 deaths and driving the wrong way on a one way accounts for 19 deaths;
  • Under the influence of a drug is listed as resulting in 131 deaths and nearly the same number of serious injuries.
  • Attempting to overtake and pass another car with insufficient clearance resulted in 21 deaths;
  • Impaired visibility lead to 36 deaths;
  • Another two-dozen or so contributing factors amounted to less than 10 deaths each; like improper start from parking position, parked without lights, parked in traffic lane, load not secured, followed too closely, turned improperly – wide right, wrong side – approach or in intersection, road rage, failed to give signal or wrong signal, disregard warning sign – construction zone and many more.

Traffic crashes resulting in serious injury or death in more urban areas have some similar contributing factors, however there are stark differences as well. The data for URBAN incidents reflects:

  • 346 deaths were recorded involving pedestrians failing to yield to a vehicle;
  • DUI related traffic crashes accounted for 217 deaths and 533 serious injuries;
  • Under the influence of drugs accounted for 87 deaths and 127 serious injuries on Texas roads, highways and freeways;
  • Road rage resulted in the deaths of 6 individuals, whereas in more rural texas only 2 people were killed as a result of road rage;
  • 163 people were killed in traffic crashes with speeding over the limit listed as the main contributing factor. Speeding under the limit was listed as the cause of 134 deaths on Texas roads, and 444 serious injuries;
  • Fatigued or asleep driving caused 29 deaths and 139 serious injuries;
  • 40 deaths were caused by drivers changing lanes when unsafe;
  • Defective or no headlamps resulted in more serious injuries (10) than death (1);
  • Defective or slick tires being the leading cause of an accident is almost 5 times less likely in urban traffic crashes, with just 10 people being killed in such car or truck accidents;
  • Complete disregard for a stop and go signal resulted in 82 deaths and 524 serious injuries;
  • Driver inattention, such as distracted driving, resulted in 134 deaths across major cities in Texas;
  • 239 people were killed in metropolitan Texas cities as a result of failure to drive in a single lane;
  • Failure to control speed also resulted in a high number of deaths, 272 people were killed in such traffic accidents and 1,702 were seriously injured;
  • Another two-dozen contributing factors such as disregard turn marks at intersection, distraction in vehicle, failed to give half of roadway, failed to pass left safely, failed to pass right safely, failed to stop for train, failed to stop at proper place, all resulted in less than 10 deaths.

Most Common Types of Traffic Crashes in Texas

Traffic crashes happen for so many reasons and even the most defensive driver will experience 3-4 crashes in their lifetime. Now this doesn’t mean that you will definitely be in a serious accident, this could include even minor fender-benders. However, regardless of how well you try to prepare and the precautions you take, other drivers on the road may not share in the responsibility.

If you or a loved one are ever seriously injured or hurt in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you should call the Law Office of Domingo Garcia. With offices in cities throughout Texas, we have an expert attorney ready and willing to talk you through your case.

According to data collected from the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Reports, the most common collisions on Texas roads, interstates, freeways and highways are between:

  • 18 fatal crashes were reported to be the result of a collision with an animal. All of these were recorded in only rural areas, this number dropped to 0 for the more metro Texas roads;
  • 793 fatal crashes were documented as being collisions with a fixed object;
  • 1,394 fatal traffic crashes were recorded as being the result of a collision between a motor vehicle in transport;
  • 316 fatal crashes were caused as a result of an overturned vehicle, with nearly two-thirds of the car accidents occurring on more rural Texas roads;
  • Parked cars were listed as being the collision point in 45 fatal crash wrecks on our Texas roads. Collisions with parked cars are more likely to happen in major cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Houston, Laredo, Waco or Odessa;
  • Bicycle riders were the point of collision in 66 fatal crashes;
  • Fatal crashes involving an accident with a pedestrian on a Texas road amounted to 605 fatalities in 2019;
  • Colliding with a train is listed as the cause of 14 fatal crashes, resulting in 16 people losing their lives.
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