Houston, Texas Car Accident Statistics

Infographic 2019

Serious and fatal car accidents plague Houston and the surrounding county. Hundreds of accidents happen every day, impacting individuals and families living in the city or suburbs.

At Pierce Skrabanek, we deal with Houston auto accidents regularly. Individuals hurt in collisions or surviving family members call us for help, and we guide them through the insurance claim or litigation process. Most car crash victims go through the insurance claim process, and many injury victims or survivors receive settlements.

Are you or a loved one entitled to compensation? We’ll help you figure that out. Give our Houston car accident lawyers a call at (832) 690-7000 to set up a free consultation.

Texas Car Accident Statistics

In 2019, Texas had 439,388 motor vehicle crashes, and 256,338 people were hurt. There were 12,897 serious injury crashes, which caused 15,843 people severe harm.  The definition of a serious injury crash is when someone sustains an incapacitating injury that prevents them from walking, driving, or continuing their normal activities. 

Overall, there was a reportable crash every 56 seconds in 2019, and someone was hurt every two minutes and three seconds in Texas. 

Other Texas car accident facts include:

  • Most Texas car accidents were in urban areas compared to rural areas.
  • There were more fatalities in rural crashes.
  • Most fatal crashes took place on Saturday and most non-fatal accidents happened on Friday.
  • Most fatal accidents happened between 9 and 10 p.m. and most non-fatal accidents happened between 5 and 6 p.m.
  • The deadliest days in Texas were Wednesday, June 5, and Saturday, December 7.
  • The deadliest holiday weekend was Memorial Day, which led to 44 deaths in a 78-hour period.
  • December was the deadliest month, overall.

Harris County and Houston Car Accident Statistics

Harris County sees far more accidents than other counties in Texas. In 2019, it had 113,525 crashes, which caused:

  • 2,294 suspected serious injuries;
  • 11,129 non-incapacitating injuries;
  • 33,218 possible injuries; and
  • 418 deaths.

Houston had 68,682 crashes leading to:

  • 1,392 suspected serious injuries;
  • 7,152 non-incapacitating injuries;
  • 23,470 possible injuries; and
  • 253 deaths.

On average, there were 188 accidents each day in Houston in 2019. 

These statistics aren’t perfect. It’s not uncommon for the state to not know what happened in every single crash. Houston had 3,228 crashes of unknown severity and 20,565 unknown injuries. More people may have been hurt in car accidents or later succumbed to serious injuries.



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Drunk Driving Accidents in Houston

Despite laws against driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, 886 people died in crashes when the driver was under the influence in Texas in 2019. DUI crash victims accounted for 25 percent of all people killed in accidents that year.

DUI crashes happen most often between 2 and 3 a.m. and on Saturdays.

In Harris County, there were 3,603 DUI crashes, which led to 120 deaths. Houston accounted for 2,436 of those DUI crashes and 102 of those deaths. If you or a loved one were hurt in a DUI crash, give us a call right away. We’re here to help hold the drunk driver responsible for their actions.

Teenage Car Accident Statistics

Teenagers aren’t known for being cautious behind the wheel. They can be inexperienced and prone to taking risks. That’s why some teens get into car accidents. In 2019, 13-19-year-old drivers were in 85,311 crashes, although 19-year-olds were the worst offenders with 28,253 crashes, 121 of which were fatal. 

Drivers under 21 years old also made up 7 percent of DUI drivers in fatal crashes, and 57 drivers under 21 were in deadly accidents while under the influence. Of the young drivers in fatal crashes, 31 were urban drivers and 26 were rural drivers.

Most DUI crash fatalities were not teens, though. Only 49 teens between the ages of 13 and 19 died in DUI accidents. It’s much more common for a person in their 20s to pass away in alcohol-related crashes.

Texas Traffic Fatalities

Car crashes can be deadly. In 2019, Texas had 3,610 traffic fatalities. That amounted to someone dying in a crash every two hours and 26 minutes. There were no days in Texas in 2019 where no one died from a crash.

These fatalities include:

  • 410 motorcyclists
  • 68 cyclists
  • 660 pedestrians

Just over half of car accident deaths were in rural areas. Most fatal crashes took place on U.S. and state highways, followed by city streets, then interstates, and farm-to-market roads.  

Top Causes of Car Accidents in Texas

Understanding the root causes of car accidents is the best way to prevent a crash. But you can’t control other people, and it isn’t always possible to avoid a collision. Call us right away if another driver caused a crash and your injuries.

At Pierce Skrabanek, we often represent individuals injured in crashes caused by:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Driver Inattention
  • Speeding
  • Backing Up
  • Unsafe Lane Changes
  • Unsafe Turns
  • Failing to Stay in One Lane
  • Failing to Yield
  • Disregarding Stop Signs or Lights
  • Defective or Slick Tires
  • Fatigued Driving or Falling Asleep
  • Following Too Closely

Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Texas

There were 1,078,147 motor vehicles involved in accidents in 2019, including:

Most crashes are characterized as “motor vehicle in transport,” which is a fancy way of saying driving. But 82,922 accidents involve colliding with a fixed object, 25,932 involved hitting a parked car, 11,523 involved a vehicle overturning, and 7,494 involved an animal.

Global and National Car Accident Statistics

According to the World Health Organization, about 1.35 million people die every year in traffic accidents. Between 20 and 50 million people sustain injuries each year. More than half of road traffic deaths are vulnerable users, including motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Despite the fact that low- and middle-income countries have about 60 percent percent of the world’s vehicles, they account for 93 percent of the world’s auto accident fatalities.

In 2019, 39,107 people died in 36,000 car crashes in the U.S., and 4.5 million people were seriously injured and required medical attention in 3.1 million crashes, according to the National Safety Council. In 2020, the number of deaths rose even as mileage dropped. The NSC estimated there were 42,060 motor vehicle deaths in 2020. 

In 2019, the estimated mileage death rate was 1.20 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles. That rate rose to 1.49 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2020. The rate increased because the number of deaths rose and the estimated vehicle miles traveled fell 13 percent between 2019 and 2020, most likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collisions between motor vehicles accounted for 43 percent of crash fatalities but 79 percent of injuries. The deadliest type of crash was angle collisions, followed by head-on collisions and rear-end accidents. Single-vehicle crashes with fixed objects, pedestrians, and non-collisions caused 54 percent of deaths.

Once again, teen drivers are over-represented in crashes, and 16-19-year-olds were 3.9 percent of licensed drivers but were 8.6 percent of drivers in all crashes and 6 percent of drivers in fatal crashes.

Call a Houston Car Accident Lawyer for Help

Our team at Pierce Skrabanek knows how to guide you and your family through the painful aftermath of a crash. If you or a loved one is suffering from car accident injuries caused by a negligent driver in the Houston area, call us at (832) 690-7000 or contact us online.

Your initial case evaluation is always free, and you’re under no obligation. If we take on your case, there are no upfront fees. You only pay us if we recover you a settlement or court award. Why? Because we believe it’s essential that everyday Americans have access to skilled legal representation. You deserve to be able to stand up to negligent drivers, insurance companies, and big businesses.