Texas, especially cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, often find a place on lists of cities with the most car accidents. It is true that the DFW area sees thousands of car accidents per year, but just how common are car accidents? With over 7 million people living in the DFW area, how many accidents actually occur within the Dallas city limits? And how many accidents occur on the average day?
The Dallas car accident lawyers at The Queenan Law Firm have looked into these questions. The following statistics come from the Texas Department of Transportation, and we’ve interpreted these statistics to help Dallas drivers understand their risks. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in Dallas or anywhere in the greater DFW area, talk to a personal injury attorney today.
Dallas Car Accident Statistics
In the entire state of Texas, there were 630,931 car crashes recorded by Texas’ Department of Transportation (DOT) from police reports throughout the state. These crashes affected 1,263,335 vehicles (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bikes), and 1,655,667 people. Note that these numbers are in the millions; Texas car accidents affect more people per year than the populations of most cities. From 2010-2016 (the only full years available in the DOT’s statistics), there were a total of 3,699,329 crashes, averaging around 528,476 crashes per year.
In Dallas alone, there were 38,823 car accidents in 2016. These involved 81,022 vehicles and 103,388 people. In total, Dallas’ car accidents accounted for around 16.25% of the state’s total accidents. 2016 was also the worst year so far for car accidents. From 2010 through 2016, each year saw an average of 1,872 more accidents than the previous year. In 2016, there were 4,548 more accidents than in 2015, and 11,230 more crashes than in 2010.
On average, there are about two cars involved in each accident and about 2.67 people involved in each accident. This shows us that many of the accidents are two car crashes, as opposed to single cars crashing on their own or traumatic pileups. Also, since the average accident has more than two people involved, we can see the toll that car crashes take on passengers.
Dallas averaged 30,935 accidents per year from 2010 to 2016. This can be reduced to 84.75 accidents per day, 3.53 accidents per hour, or about one accident nearly every 17 minutes.
Looking at the number of accidents, scaled for population, it is clear that Dallas has more accidents. For every 100,000 people, there are an average of 1,988 accidents in Texas as a whole and 2,451 in Dallas. Over the course of a year, residents of Dallas have approximately a 6.56% chance of being involved in a car accident – slightly above the 5.27% chance that that most Texans face.
Compensation for Car Accidents
Since car accidents are so incredibly common in Texas, it is important for residents of Dallas to understand their rights after a car crash. If you are injured in a car accident in Dallas or anywhere in Texas, talk to an attorney. After seeking medical attention for your injuries, you may want to consider how your medical expenses will be paid for. If the other driver caused the accident, you might be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
While car insurance is often available to pay for some damage and injuries in a car accident, insurance often fails to cover all of your needs. If you or a loved one was severely injured, the best way to recover damages might be to take the other party to court. Personal injury lawsuits for car accidents are able to cover injuries for lost wages and pain and suffering on top of your medical expenses. Many insurance policies may cover reduced wages but will not cover pain and suffering. Because Texas puts no limits or “caps” on pain and suffering damages, you may be missing out on substantial compensation if you don’t take your case to court.
With over 500,000 crashes in the average year, Texas courts are used to handling car accident cases. Covering the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, our car accident attorneys cover one of the highest car accident areas in the country. Whether you or a loved one is suffering from whiplash injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or other car accident injuries, our attorneys may be able to help.
Dallas Car Accident Lawyers
If you suffered physical injuries in a car accident in the Dallas area, talk to an attorney. Never accept a settlement from an insurance company or the other driver before talking to a lawyer to find out what your case is worth. The lawyers at The Queenan Law firm offer free consultations on new cases. Call (817) 476-1797 today to schedule your free consultation with one of our lawyers.