Texas Car Crash Fatalities by Crash Type

In each year since 2014, over 3,500 Texans were killed in automobile crashes on Texas Roads. While the specific numbers have varied up and down, the unfortunate trend is that crash fatalities are generally increasing in Texas. In 2014, there were 3,536 automobile crash fatalities in Texas. That number has gone as high as 3,797 in 2016. The most recent year for which data is available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is 2018 which shows 3,642 traffic fatalities in Texas.

Single Vehicle Crashes

There were 1,894 single vehicle crash fatalities in 2018. This makes up just over half (52%) of the 3,642 total fatalities in Texas. This number has improved over the last three years, being 3,797 in 2016 and 3,732 in 2017.

Crash Type20142015201620172018
Total Fatalities3,5363,5823,7973,7323,642
Single Vehicle1,9131,8481,9821,9171,894
Percentage of Total54.1%51.6%52.1%51.352.0%

Large Truck / 18 Wheeler Crashes

Large truck, 18 wheeler, and tractor-trailer involved crashes make up a relatively small portion of the overall traffic fatalities in Texas. The numbers for each of 2014-2018 are below:

Crash Type20142015201620172018
Total Fatalities3,5363,5823,7973,7323,642
Large Truck Crashes553567602657664
Percentage15.5%15.8%15.9%17.6%18.2%

As can be seen from the statistics above, the number of large truck-involved fatalities has increased each of the last five years. More concerning, however, is the fact that the percentage of truck related fatalities is increasing. In other words, large truck-related traffic fatalities are not just increasing in number. They are also making up a larger part of the total fatal crashes in Texas.

Rollover Crashes

For the last five years, rollovers have played a part in over one quarter of Texas traffic crash fatalities.

Crash Type20142015201620172018
Total Fatalities3,5363,5823,7973,7323,642
Involving a Rollover1,0919831,020942967
Percentage30.9%27.4%26.9%25.2%26.6%

Roadway Departure Crashes

Fatalities in a crash involving at least one vehicle that departed the roadway routinely make up about half of all crash fatalities in Texas. As shown below, these numbers are fairly consistent year over year, with the percentage remaining within 1.5% for the years 2015-2018.

Crash Type20142015201620172018
Total Fatalities3,5363,5823,7973,7323,642
w/ Roadway Departure1,9121,8001,8601,8341,831
Percentage54.0%50.3%49.0%49.1%50.2%

Intersection Crashes / Intersection-Related Fatal Crashes

The number of fatal crashes at intersections has steadily increased over the years. However, while increasing, the percentage of the total auto accident fatalities in this category has remained within 1.1% of its 2014 number.

Crash Type20142015201620172018
Total Fatalities3,5363,5823,7973,7323,642
Involving an Intersection667709719730734
Percentage18.9%19.8%18.9%19.5%20.1%