Car Accidents

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.


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Top Causes of Car Accidents

When people think about car accidents, many of them immediately think about drunk driving or distracted driving. But between equipment, road conditions, or simply speeding, there are so many small details that can lead to fatal crashes.

In both rural and urban areas of Texas, the following contributing factors are some of the most common cited for 2015 car accidents:

  • Cell phone use, whether talking on the phone, texting, or using an app
  • Defective headlights, tail lights, brakes, or turn signals
  • Disregarding a stop sign, stop light, warning sign, or turn sign
  • Failure to control speed, drive in a single lane, yield, stop at proper place or stop for school bus or train
  • Fatigue, lack of sleep, illness, or otherwise distracted

It’s all too easy for any of the above to happen to anyone, and it doesn’t take long for one of these factors to lead to a crash that injures you and/or someone else. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Texas, seek representation today.

Car Accident Attorney in Dallas, Texas

James N. Francis has been practicing for 40+ years and focuses on representing individuals suffering from a car accident. He represents persons who have been seriously injured in medical negligence cases. He will bring conviction, passion, and sophistication to your case and will help you achieve the best possible outcome. Contact him today to get started.