According to state data records, over 634,000 car crashes occurred in 2022, as reported by the Texas Department of Transportation. That is one every 57 seconds, though not all of these are serious or fatal.
Texas faces challenges with road safety due to its vast area, heavy vehicle use, and changing weather conditions. Some of the leading causes of crash injuries in Texas historically have been:
- Distracted Driving: This includes activities like texting while driving, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, or any other activity that diverts attention from driving.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Alcohol and drugs, whether illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter, can impair the driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. DUI has long been a leading cause of crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
- Speeding: Driving over the speed limit or too fast for certain road or weather conditions can reduce a driver’s reaction time and increase the severity of crashes. Texas has some highways with speed limits up to 85 mph, making speeding a common issue.
- Failure to Yield Right of Way: Not yielding when required can lead to dangerous intersection or merge-related crashes.
- Running Red Lights and Stop Signs: Intersection-related crashes are often severe, especially when one vehicle strikes another at a perpendicular angle.
- Reckless Driving: This broad category can encompass a range of behaviors, from aggressive driving to ignoring traffic laws.
- Weather Conditions: Texas has varied weather, from heavy rains causing flooding and slick roads, to dust storms reducing visibility. Adverse weather conditions can contribute to crashes if drivers fail to adjust their driving habits.
- Fatigued Driving: Tired drivers may have slowed reaction times or fall asleep at the wheel.
- Improper Lane Changes: Unsafely changing lanes or not using signals can lead to side-swipe collisions or other types of crashes.
- Motorcycle Crashes: Motorcyclists are at higher risk of severe injury when involved in crashes. Lack of helmet use, lack of visibility, or car drivers not noticing motorcycles are all contributing factors.
- Urban areas like Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio see a higher number of crashes due to the dense population and traffic.
- Rural areas, while having fewer crashes, often see more severe outcomes due to factors like higher speeds, longer response times for emergency services, and the potential for undivided two-lane roads.
- Younger drivers, particularly those between 16 and 24, tend to be overrepresented in crash statistics.
- All age groups are at risk though, and specific demographics can vary depending on the type of crash or the factor that has caused it.
- Infrastructure Improvements: The state frequently reviews accident data to identify problem areas and implement road safety improvements.
It is essential to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney if you believe you have suffered serious consequences as a result of a car accident. Our legal team has the resources to thoroughly investigate your accident claim and develop an effective strategy on your behalf. Contact Ceja Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your case.