Texas Car Crash Fatalities 2018
Car crash fatalities are an all-too-common occurrence in Texas. Sadly, we lose many Texans every single day on the road in Texas. This article reviews the statistics on traffic fatalities across the state and in certain counties where the fatalities tend to cluster.
Texas Traffic Fatality Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we had 3,642 traffic fatalities in Texas in 2018. Averaged out, that means we lose approximately ten Texans each day in car crashes.
Of the 3,642 traffic fatalities in 2018, the nearly 58% (2,110) occurred in urban environments and about 42% (1,520) occurred in rural areas. This 8% difference, however, is flipped in relation to fatalities per miles driven. The 2018 statistics show 2.06 fatalities per 100 million miles driven occur in rural. The rate for urban areas is only 1.11. Thus, while more fatalities occur in urban areas, a driver who drives exclusively in rural areas is nearly twice as likely to be killed covering the same number of miles. Accordingly urban miles are “safer” on a per-mile basis.
Texas greatly exceeds the national average on fatalities per mile on a year over year average. While statistics are not available for 2018 yet, Texas’s fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled exceeded the national average in each of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. When compared to the “best state” for each year, Texas more than doubled that number.
Alcohol-Related Driving Fatalities in Texas
There are few messages as clear in Texas as “don’t drink and drive!” Numerous campaigns have attempted to highlight the well-known dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. These campaigns, however, sometimes fail to tie in the numbers in favor of communicating the general message not to drink and drive.
Let’s be clear – drinking and driving kills. The NHTSA shows that alcohol plays a very significant role in traffic fatalities. Of the 3,642 traffic fatalities in 2018, 1,439 were classified as “alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.” That works out to nearly 40% (39.511%) of 2018 traffic fatalities in Texas being alcohol-related.
Texas has the unfortunate distinction of being far above the national average for alcohol-related crashes. Only 29% of traffic fatalities nationwide qualified as alcohol-related in 2018. As stated above. That means that Texas is 11% higher than the national average. Stated differently, Texas has 1.38 times more alcohol-related traffic fatalities than the national average.
Speed played a role in over a quarter of traffic fatalities in 2018. Specifically, of the 3,642 traffic fatalities in Texas, 990 were speed-related. Speeding
Negligence and Traffic Fatalities
The common denominator in speed-related and alcohol-related traffic fatalities is negligence. Driving too fast and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol are both clearly negligent activities, both under a common law and negligence per se standard.
Losing a loved one is an unimaginable tragedy. That loss is made more painful when the loss could have been avoided had another driver simply made better choices. Professional and effective legal representation can help you make the best decisions for you and your family going forward following a tragedy.