The number of people that die on Texas highways each year continues to rise. Approximately 4,500 people die annually on roads in the Lone Star state, and those deaths were almost evenly divided between accidents occurring in urban and rural areas. Across the United States, about 46,000 people die in accidents annually. In Texas, about 1.56 deaths for every 100,000 miles driven. Across the United States, there are about 1.3 fatalities for every 100,000 miles driven.
Mode of Transportation in Texas motor accidents
Of the 4,500 people killed on roads in Texas annually, about 525 were motorcyclists. Of those fatalities, over 45% were not wearing a helmet. Another 825 people were killed while walking on Texas roads. Furthermore, about 90 people are killed yearly while riding a bike or e-bike on Texas roads.
Texas DUI motor fatalities
Driving under the influence was a factor in about 1,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents in Texas. Of those accidents, the deadliest hour on the highway was between 2 and 3 a.m. The deadliest day of the week was Sunday. Additionally, about 17% of motor vehicle fatalities involved a distracted driver.
Number of vehicles involved in Texas motor vehicle accidents
About 35% of all motor vehicle accidents with a fatality are single-vehicle accidents. About 1.5% of accidents involve two vehicles hitting head-on. The remaining car accidents involved two or more vehicles.
Texas compared to other states
Generally, Texas has fewer motor vehicle fatalities than many other states. Wyoming is one of the deadliest states, with about 22 deaths per 100,000 people. In Texas, there are approximately 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people. New York is one of the safest states, with about 5.2 fatalities per 100,000 people. Texas’ urban and rural roads can be deadly, with about 4,500 people dying annually.