It is no surprise that, as one of the largest states in the nation, Texas sees a large number of motor vehicle accident deaths and injuries. Every year, the Texas Department of Transportation collects information from the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Reports and produces a series of Texas Motor Vehicle Crash fact sheets. And, every year, the information about traffic accident injuries and fatalities contained in the various reports is sobering. Here are some of the most eye-opening facts about motor vehicle accidents in our state.
Texas Motor Vehicle Accident Facts
The most recent available statistics are from 2014, and can be found on the Texas DOT’s website:
- 237,941 people were hurt in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
- 13,675 crashes involved serious injuries in Texas in 2014, with 17,152 people seriously injured.
- 3,534 people died in vehicle accidents in Texas, which represents an increase from the 3,408 deaths reported in 2013.
- 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2014.
- 486 pedestrians were killed in 2014, which is a 1.4% decrease from 2013.
- 50 cyclists were killed in 2014, which is a 4.2% increase from 2013.
- 463 motorcyclists were killed in 2014, whether passengers or operators. Half of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets.
- 43.8% of all people killed in accidents (where seatbelt data was available) were reported to not be wearing their seatbelts.
- About 29% of the total number of people killed in traffic crashes were involved in accidents where at least one driver was under the influence of alcohol.
Average Traffic Crash Statistics for Texas
Did you that that, in Texas:
- On average, one person was killed every 2 hours 29 minutes in 2014.
- On average, one person was injured every 2 minutes 13 seconds in 2014.
- On average, one reportable crash occurred every 66 seconds in 2014.
Additional Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
- In the entire year of 2014, there were no deathless days on Texas roadways.
- The two deadliest days in 2014 were Wednesday, January 1, and Saturday, April 19.
- 351 people were killed in October, making it the deadliest month of 2014.
- Alcohol-related accidents were reported more in the hour between 2:00 am and 2:59 am than any other hour of the day, especially on Saturdays.
- 483 people were killed in wrecks involving distracted driving, which is a 4% increase from 2013.
- 1,974 people died in rural traffic crashes, accounting for 55.86% of overall traffic fatalities in Texas.
- 823 people died in wrecks in or related to intersections.
- The annual vehicle miles traveled in Texas during 2014 increased from the previous year, reaching 248.824 billion.
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