No matter if you are commuting to work, completing household errands or embarking on a weekend trip, any time spent in a motor vehicle could result in a catastrophic injury. Severe injuries or the death of a loved one can have an emotional and financial impact on the entire family. Unfortunately, no matter how safe you are or how many advance driver assistance programs you have in your vehicle, you face danger at nearly every turn.
Due to the pandemic and overall reduced traffic on the roads, 2020 is often considered a statistical outlier regarding vehicle safety. Many organizations choose instead to examine 2019 safety records. The Texas Department of Transportation has released a Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts sheet for the calendar year 2019 that highlights numerous frightening statistics, including:
- 731 people were killed in crashes in or around intersections
- There were no deathless days on Texas roads in 2019
- 256,338 people were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2019
- 660 pedestrians were killed in 2019
- 886 people were killed in a vehicle crash caused by an alcohol-impaired driver in 2019
- 377 people were killed in a vehicle crash caused by a distracted driver in 2019
- According to the data, Wednesday, June 5th and Saturday, December 7th were the deadliest days in 2019 – each accounting for 21 persons killed in traffic collisions.
While these numbers might have a sobering effect on many Texas drivers, it could be beneficial to add some perspective to the overall statistics:
- In 2019, one person was killed every 2 hours 26 minutes in a vehicle crash.
- In 2019, one person was injured every 2 minutes 3 seconds in a vehicle crash.
- In 2019, one reportable vehicle crash occurred every 56 seconds.
Whether due to distracted, drowsy or impaired drivers, Texas roadways can be dangerous. Motor vehicle collisions can result in catastrophic injuries including head trauma, spinal cord damage, paralysis, burn injuries, crush injuries or amputation. Serious collisions can result in fatalities. If you were injured or you have lost a loved one in a vehicle crash, do not hesitate to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.