Rising Population Leads to Increase in Texas Auto Injury Crashes, Fatalities

March 13, 2014

Texas’ rapidly expanding population has given rise to something else: more deadly car crashes.

The number of fatal automobile crashes in Texas has been on the decline since 1980, but that trend may have come to a screeching halt. For the past two years, both injury and fatal car accidents in Texas have risen. The increase in traffic fatalities has been linked to the state’s spectacular growth and economy, the Insurance Council of Texas reports.

“Your rapid population growth and strong economy has placed more people on your highways and that translates into more accidents and more people getting hurt,” said Anne McCartt, senior vice president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

In 2003, Texas Department of Transportation figures showed the state had 190,878 injury crashes, but the number had dropped to 139,690 or a 27 percent decline by 2011. But in the past two years the numbers have risen exceeding 152,000.

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In 2003, fatal crashes in Texas had dropped from 3,371 to 3,067 in 2011 or a 10 percent decline. But the past two years the numbers have shot back up above 3,330.tx moto crashes_fatl

Nationwide, the combination of excessive speed and/or alcohol consumption is responsible for 60 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. Distracted driving is also becoming a significant factor.

“It’s tough on auto insurance rates when you have traffic accidents sending more people to the hospital for emergency treatment and medical expenses are skyrocketing,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas. “Thankfully, we have safer cars on the road today, but too many vehicles spell trouble.”

Source: Insurance Council of Texas

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  • March 14, 2014 at 9:06 am
    txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
    We've had this problem here in the United States too. Especially at the US-Texas border. A lot of red necks from Texas driving their custom built pick up tanks, getting hamme... read more
  • March 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm
    Nan says:
    Are Mexicans allowed to drive their vehicles into the USA? Recently saw a program that showed how shoddy cars are built that can be sold in Mexico but NOT in the USA. Cars t... read more
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