In 2015 alone, 17,011 people were seriously injured in a car crash in the state of Texas. What’s even more alarming: There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2015. Most people are well aware of the dangers associated with driving a car, but these dangers can be easy to forget when we’re caught up in the rush of our daily routine.
Car Crash Statistics of 2015
Every year, the Texas Department of Transportation releases fact sheets regarding motor vehicle crashes. They examine factors like work zones, rural vs. urban crashes, weather conditions, and more. Below are some of the most interesting facts from the 2015 reports:
- There were 22 people killed in traffic crashes on September 26, 2015. This day had the highest number of crashes out of the entire year.
- In 2015, 476 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving.
- DUI and alcohol-related crashes occurred most commonly on Saturdays between 2 a.m. and 2:59 a.m.
- Car crashes occurred just as often in rural areas as they did in urban communities. Rural accidents accounted for 54.52% of the state’s total, while urban accidents accounted for 45.48%.
- 581 people were killed in head-on crashes, while 807 people were killed in accidents in intersections or involving an intersection.
- 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 29 minutes, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes and 8 seconds, and 1 crash occurred every 61 seconds.
Amidst all of this bad news, there were some positive trends to report. Overall, Texas experienced a decrease in the total number of traffic fatalities. The fatality rate for 2015 was 2.05% lower than that of 2014.