How common are car accidents in Texas?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 32,719 people died and 2.31 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. in a single recent year. Among passenger vehicle occupants, 21,132 were killed and 2,046,000 were injured.

In Texas alone, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reports a death toll of 3,377 in one recent year. Additionally, 89,270 people were seriously injured in 65,639 serious injury crashes in Texas. The DOT reports that:

  • A car accident occurs in Texas every 71 seconds.
  • Someone is killed in a Texas car crash every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
  • Someone is injured in a car accident every 2 minutes and 16 seconds in Texas.