Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day. In some cases, the individuals involved in the accident are able to walk away uninjured, while in other cases consequences to the accident can result in life-altering injuries, or even the loss of life. There are many statistics that help to track trends in car accidents in order to help lessen the impact of auto collisions, while also reducing the number of accidents entirely. At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, we understand how difficult car accident cases can be to those who are involved, as well as their loved ones. No amount of money can ever turn back time, but it can make it easier to get medical treatment, maintain your lifestyle, and take care of those you love. If you have been injured in a car accident in Houston and are looking for an experienced attorney that will fight for your justice, contact us today.
Listed below is Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts Calendar Year 2019
The Fatality Rate on Texas roadways for 2019 was 1.26 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.33% decrease from 2018.
Texas experienced a decrease in the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2019 death toll of 3,610 was a decrease of 1.15% from the 3,652 deaths recorded in 2018
There were 12,897 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2019 with 15,843 people sustaining a serious injury*.
The annual vehicle miles traveled in Texas during 2019 reached 286.268 billion, an increase of 1.5% over the 282.037 billion traveled in 2018.
Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 51.69% of the state’s
traffic fatalities. There were 1,866 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
Single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,161 deaths in 2019. This was 32.16% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2019.
In 2019 there were 731 people killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to
There were 600 people killed in head-on crashes in 2019.
There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2019.
There was one crash that resulted in 6 or more fatalities in 2019.
Wednesday, June 5th and Saturday, December 7th was the deadliest day in 2019
with twenty-one (21) persons killed in traffic crashes.
December was the deadliest month with 333 persons killed.
Based on reportable crashes in 2019: 1 person was killed every 2 hours
1 person was injured every 2 minutes 3 seconds
1 reportable crash occurred every 56 seconds
Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage
was known in 2019, 42.42% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
256,338 persons were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019.
There were 410 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) killed in 2019. Forty-five percent (45%) of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Pedestrian fatalities totaled 660 in 2019. This is a 5.43% increase from 2018.
Pedal cyclist fatalities totaled 68 in 2019. This is a 4.23% decrease from 2018.
In 2019, there were 886 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 25% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
During 2019, more DUI – Alcohol crashes were reported in the hour between 2:00 am
and 2:59 am than any other hour of the day. Also, more of these crashes occurred on Saturday than any other day of the week.
In 2019, there were 377 people killed in crashes involving distracted driving. This is a 6% decrease from 2018.
There were no fatalities caused by a bridge collapse.
By reading these statistics there are some great takeaways for drivers to help protect themselves and others from being involved in a serious car accident, such as always wearing a seatbelt, never driving under the influence, and avoiding driving on weekends between 2 am and 3 am. It is important to remember that even the most careful and lawful drivers are still at risk of being involved in a car accident. There are many variables that go into what causes a car accident, many of which are out of your control.
According to the CDC:
Most drivers and passengers killed in crashes are unrestrained. 53% of drivers and passengers killed in car crashes in 2009 were not wearing restraints.1
Seat belts dramatically reduce risk of death and serious injury. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%.
Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries.
Seat belts save thousands of lives each year, and increasing use would save thousands more. Seat belts saved almost 13,000 lives in 2009. If all drivers and passengers had worn seat belts that year, almost 4,000 more people would be alive today.
In one year alone, crash deaths and injuries to drivers and passengers cost $70 billion in medical and lost work costs
When do drunk driving accidents most frequently occur?
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 31% of fatal drunk-driving accidents occur on the weekend, and the highest number of drunk drivers is on the road between midnight and 3 a.m. Fatal crashes are also four times higher at night than during the day. Reducing your time on the road between these hours on weekends, will help to reduce your chances of being involved in a car accident with a drunk driver.
Why is drunk driving so dangerous?
According to AlcoholRehabGuide.org
Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability. The effects of alcohol abuse vary greatly, putting you at risk for causing an accident or highway injury. Safe driving requires the ability to concentrate, make good judgments and quickly react to situations. However, alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in danger.
Listed below are some of the ways alcohol impairs your driving skills:
Slows reaction time: When alcohol is in your system, it affects how quickly you’re able to respond to different situations. Drinking slows your response time, which can increase the likelihood of an accident. Therefore, if the car in front of you brakes suddenly or a pedestrian crosses the street, it will take longer for your brain to process the situation and prevent an accident.
Lack of coordination: Heavy drinking affects your motor skills such as eye, hand and foot coordination. Without crucial coordination skills, you may be unable to avoid an impending harmful situation. Some telltale signs of reduced coordination include trouble walking, swaying and inability to stand straight. Too much alcohol can even make it difficult to get in your car and find its ignition.
Reduce concentration: Alcohol, no matter how much or how little, can influence your concentration. With driving, there are many things that require your undivided concentration such as staying in your lane, your speed, other cars on the road and traffic signals. Your attention span is dramatically reduced with drinking, which significantly increases the chance of an accident.
Decrease vision: Excessive alcohol consumption can negatively impact your vision. After drinking, you may notice that your vision is blurred or that you’re unable to control your eye movement. Impaired vision can affect how you judge the distance between your car and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, fewer objects may be visible within your peripheral vision, or what you can see to either side of you when looking straight ahead.
Inhibit judgment: Your brain controls how you judge certain circumstances. When operating a motorized vehicle, your judgment skills play an important role in how you make decisions. For instance, you need to be able to foresee potential problems and make clear decisions if another vehicle cuts you off. Your judgment helps you stay alert and aware of surrounding conditions while driving.
What do I do if I have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver?
Being involved in an accident with a drunk driver adds a whole new level of complexity to your car accident case. Protect yourself by choosing to work with an experienced, and determined personal injury attorney. Attorney Caruthers works with you every step of the way to ensure that your case is being heard and to avoid insurance companies taking advantage of you while you are vulnerable. With Attorney Caruthers on your side, you will have an advocate for your needs, who will not back down when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies and fighting for your rights as a victim. Attorney Caruthers has over 30 years of experience fighting for her customers and getting them the compensation they need to cover their medical bills, property damage, emotional suffering, loss of wages, and so much more. Our team will discuss your legal options moving forward to help determine if it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit in your car accident case, whenever you schedule a no-obligation, no-cost, car accident evaluation in Houston.
Every day, car accidents leave physical and financial devastation to those who are unable to get the compensation they deserve for the damages they have suffered. Since these cases can be an expensive ordeal that ends up leading to thousands of dollars in medical bills, auto repairs, and lost wages, it is important to do everything you can to protect yourself following a car accident. Receiving compensation for an accident that was not your fault can provide vital financial support and necessary medical assistance. The team at the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers is here to help you navigate this difficult time in your life, so that you can move forward without having to worry about affording the things you need. Do not hesitate, contact us today to learn more about your options moving forward.
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