Traffic Accidents and Fatality Rates
For Texas Roadways the death rate from Vehicle Crashes increased by 7.4% to 3,896 in 2020 to the prior year.
In part, the population growth that Texas has experienced in 2020 may have to do with that. We had an influx of more than 500.00 people. I don’t think it would be fair to blame this increase for a greater than 7% increase in car accident fatalities in Texas. Driver distraction mostly younger drivers do contribute a large segment to these sad statistics. More teenagers die in Traffic Wrecks than die from any other single cause.
We had 12,107 serious injury vehicle crashes with 14,656 individuals being severely injured. That translates to one person being killed every hour and 35 minutes. A person is injured every 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Every 75 seconds a reportable car crash occurs. 230,506 people in total we injured in an auto crash in Texas for the year 2020.
Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 51.03% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,988 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
Single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,354 deaths in 2020. This was 34.75% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2020.
In 2020 there were 865 people killed in crashes occurring in intersections or related to an intersection.
There were 538 people killed in head-on crashes in 2020.
There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2020.
There were two crashes that resulted in 6 or more fatalities in 2020.
Sunday, June 21st, Friday, August 14th, and Monday, December 28th were the deadliest days in 2020 with twenty-two (22) persons killed in traffic crashes on each one of those days. October was the deadliest month with 382 persons killed.
Statistics thanks to TXDOT
Driver fatigue, drunk drivers, and reckless drivers also cause accidents and fatalities every day on the road. In these instances, a judge may even reward the victim punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages to further deter a continuation of the egregious behavior by the responsible party. But in order to get there, you need to contact the San Antonio Car Accident Attorney.