Texas Most Dangerous State for Driving, as Study Reveals 3,300+ Fatal Crashes in 2018
No place in the nation is more dangerous for drivers than Texas, a state that recently recorded more than 3,300 fatal crashes in a single year.
Texas Car Accidents Claimed Over 36,500 Lives in 2018
According to research commissioned by a leading legal funding group, 33,564 fatal motor vehicle crashes occurred in the United States during 2018, resulting in 36,560 deaths. Texas reported 3,305 fatal crashes and 3,642 accident-related deaths, more than any other state that year.
Of course, the Lone Star State does boast the highest speed limit in the nation, with some roads allowing motorists to travel as fast as 85 mph. Texas is also home to the notorious I-45, the most dangerous road in Texas and the second most dangerous road in the United States. Harris County reported the greatest number of fatal crashes along 1-45, with 115 deaths in a single year.
California saw the second-highest number of fatal car accidents, with 3,259 recorded in 2018. I-5 is the state’s most dangerous road, recording 192 deaths between 2015 and 2017.
Florida took third place, with 2,915 fatal accidents. US-1 is the state’s most dangerous road, reporting 160 fatalities in 2015-2017.
Texas’s 20-Year Streak of Fatal Traffic Accidents Continues
Unfortunately, November 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roads.
In the 20 years since, crashes involving cars, trucks, 18-wheelers, and other motor vehicles have claimed more than 70,000 lives across Texas, with at least one person dying each day.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the state currently averages 10 traffic fatalities per day and 3,487 deaths per year. In 2019 alone:
- 719 people died in speeding-related crashes.
- 370 people were killed because of distracted driving.
- A quarter of traffic deaths involved intoxicated drivers.
Even the recent coronavirus shutdown couldn’t end Texas’s streak of deathless days. While the number of vehicles on the road dropped nearly 44% in some parts of the state, the death rate remained unchanged. And even though the Houston Metro Region actually saw a 20% in fatal crashes during the lockdown, the number of deadly car accidents linked to speed rose 13% compared to the same period in 2019.
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