Texas Car Accident Statistics for 2017
Motor vehicle accidents are a concern on roads all across America. Car accidents result in millions of injuries, over a million deaths, and billions of dollars in financial losses each year. But how do these losses affect drivers in Texas?
Being one of the largest states in the nation, it is not surprising that many of these accidents take place in Texas. The attorneys at Ramey Law Firm have represented clients who have been injured, or who have had a loved one killed, as the result of a car accident.
Here, we present some Texas car accident statistics for the year of 2017 to highlight just how damaging car accidents are for our state.
Frequency of Car Accidents
Most people know that a car accident can occur at any time, but few realize just how frequent car accidents really are. According to accident data collected by the Texas Department of Transportation for the year 2017, a car accident took place in Texas an average of once every 59 seconds. That means that, statistically speaking, there is not a minute that goes by without an accident taking place somewhere on the roads of Texas.
Some car accidents in Texas resulted in injuries or death. Based on reportable crashes, one person was injured in a car crash every two minutes and four seconds, and one person was killed every two hours and 21 minutes. Sadly, there was not a single day that went by in 2017 without a person being killed in an automobile accident.
Causes of Traffic Fatalities
Any car accident has the potential to result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. However, data does show that certain types of accidents tend to be deadlier than others.
Here are some statistics regarding traffic fatalities in Texas during 2017:
- 52.4 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities took place in rural areas
- A little over 20 percent of fatal accidents occurred in an intersection or were related to an intersection
- Just over 35 percent of traffic deaths were the result of single vehicle crashes
- Nearly 15 percent of traffic fatalities were the result of head-on collisions
- Around 12 percent of traffic fatality victims were killed in crashes involving distracted driving
- 28 percent of people were killed in traffic accidents that involved driving under the influence
Even when a car accident is not fatal, it can still result in significant injuries and damage.
- In 2017 alone, 254,853 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the state of Texas.
- There were 14,299 crashes that were classified as “serious injury” crashes, meaning that they involved an incapacitating injury.
- 17,546 people sustained injuries in these “serious injury” accidents.
- In all, it is estimated that economic losses related to Texas car accidents in the year 2017 amount to around $38 billion.
If you have recently been injured in a car accident, you may be dealing with significant financial, physical, and emotional losses. To learn more about your right to financial compensation for damages, contact the experienced attorneys at the Ramey Law Firm at your earliest convenience. Set up a personal consultation to discuss the details of your case by calling (972) 437-5577.