There were 1,032,255 total auto crashes across the State of Texas in 2017 according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Of those 1,032,255 crashes, 8,827 involved motorcycles and 5,700 resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. That means nearly 65% of all motorcycle accidents in Texas involved serious injuries or fatalities.
Harris County Leads Texas in Total Number Crashes
Harris County is among the most dangerous counties in the country for drivers and motorcyclists. In 2017 alone, Harris County saw 108,442 total crashes. That accounts for more than 10% of the State’s total crashes and is more than the number of crashes that occurred in the next two closest counties combined, Dallas and Bexar counties, which accounted for 101,163 total crashes.
Texas Crash Facts
Here are some startling 2017 statistics from TX-DOT:
- The total number of deaths in Texas was 3,721
- 1 person was killed every 2 hours 21 minutes
- 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 4 seconds
- 1 reportable crash occurred every 59 seconds
- 501 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) were killed
- 52.4% of all fatalities in traffic crashes occurred in rural areas
Crash Contributing Factors
The number one contributing factor to crashes across the State of Texas according to TX-DOT was a failure to control speed. This resulted in 500 fatal crashes, 2,896 serious crashes and 139,131 total crashes. Perhaps just as concerning is the number of crashes that can be attributed to driver inattention, which is credited as the second-leading contributing factor in crashes across the state. Driver inattention accounted for 294 fatal crashes, 2,043 serious crashes and 89,037 total crashes.
Help for Crash Accident Victims
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You can learn more about your rights and options by calling 1-800-734-5612 for a free consultation with Richard Schechter. Schechter has represented hundreds of individuals and families around the country and has secured substantial verdicts on their behalf. Call 1-800-734-5612 for your free consultation with Mr. Schechter today.