As Texas’s third-largest city, Dallas has a lot of car accidents. The city’s population of 1.3 million experiences nearly 38,000 car accidents every year. These crashes kill hundreds and injure tens of thousands of Dallas residents.
Each person injured in a car crash likely faces thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income and property. Under Texas’s fault-based insurance system, accident victims must pursue compensation from the at-fault driver and their insurer.
Here’s a summary of Dallas car accident statistics and how you can pursue compensation after an injury accident in Dallas, TX.
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How Anderson Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Accident in Dallas
Since opening in 2007, Anderson Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of accident victims fight for injury compensation. The firm’s founder is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
The firm has won millions of dollars in injury compensation for its clients, including:
- $4.6 million settlement for a semi-truck accident claim
- $1.7 million settlement for a truck accident claim
- $1 million settlement for a car accident claim
Some of the ways our Dallas injury lawyers can help you include:
- Collecting evidence to support your claim for compensation
- Investigate the cause and extent of your damages
- Negotiate a settlement agreement on your behalf
- File a lawsuit and take your case to trial
- Keep you informed of your legal options at all stages of the case
To discuss your injuries and the accident that led to them, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers in Dallas, Texas, today to schedule a free consultation.
How Common Are Dallas Car Accidents?
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) releases detailed accident statistics every year. TxDOT compiles these statistics using crash reports filed by drivers and police officers.
These car accident statistics are available at its interactive portal. All of the statistics cited in this summary come from TxDOT.
In 2021, Dallas had 37,837 car accidents, according to TxDOT. Compared to the rest of Texas, drivers in Dallas were much more likely to get into car accidents.
Dallas has 4.7% of the population in Texas, but it also has 8.9% of the state’s car accidents. This means that Dallas has nearly 18,000 more car accidents than it should have, considering its share of the state’s population.
Dallas averages about 107 car accidents per day, according to TDOT. The most dangerous month in 2021 was October. That month, Dallas averaged over 113 car accidents every day.
Dallas’s population is just over 1.3 million. The 37,837 car accidents in 2021 translated to one car accident for every 35 Dallas residents.
Overview of Dallas, TX, Car Accident Statistics
TxDOT accident statistics tell how car accidents happen, what causes them, and the injuries suffered.
How Car Accidents Happen in Dallas
Most car accidents in Dallas involve a collision between two or more vehicles. According to TxDOT, 72.9% of crashes in 2021 happened when one vehicle hit another vehicle.
Single-car accidents are the next-most common type of collision. In TxDOT’s 2021 statistics, 14.5% of car accidents in Dallas involved a vehicle hitting a fixed object like a lamp, guardrail, or building. Another 9.5% of Dallas car accidents occurred when a vehicle hit a parked car.
Motorcyclists were also at risk of accidents in Dallas. Last year, 364 motorcycle accidents occurred when a car hit a motorcycle.
Causes of Dallas Car Accidents
Dallas car accidents generally result from driver error. The vast majority are caused by careless behavior, such as:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Failure to stop at red lights and stop signs
- Improper lane changes
- Improper turns
Distracted driving is another major contributor to car accidents. In 2021, TxDOT reported that Dallas had 2,283 distracted driving accidents. Only 178 of these accidents were blamed on cell phone use. The remaining accidents were caused by other distractions, such as daydreaming, eating and drinking, or talking while driving.
Speeding is also a problem in Dallas. In 2021, TxDOT blamed 2,109 Dallas car accidents on speeding. This number includes accidents where one of the drivers exceeded the posted speed limit. The number also includes accidents where a driver traveled too fast based on road or weather conditions.
Intoxicated driving plays a significant role in Dallas car crashes as well. TxDOT found that 1,182 Dallas car accidents in 2021 resulted from driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both.
Injuries from Dallas Car Accidents
TxDOT reported that 243 people died in Dallas car accidents in 2021. Dallas car accidents were deadlier than other car accidents in the state. The city had 8.9% of the state’s car crashes but 10.1% of its road fatalities.
Another 15,977 people suffered injuries, including 1,270 serious injuries. Injuries get classified as “serious” when accident victims require an ambulance for transportation.
About 5,300 people suffered minor injuries in Dallas car accidents in 2021, according to TxDOT. A minor injury occurs when an accident victim suffers a visible injury but does not require an ambulance.
TxDOT reported that Dallas car accidents in 2021 caused about 9,600 suspected injuries. These injuries happen when an accident victim complains of pain or other symptoms but does not have any visible signs of injury.
Liability for Dallas Car Accidents
Liability for a Dallas car accident falls on the driver whose negligence caused the accident. Negligence requires proof that a driver drove without exercising due care. In other words, a driver is liable for damage that occurs when they do something objectively unreasonable that leads to an accident and harms another person.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Dallas Car Accident Lawyers
Some accidents will happen even when you do everything right. When blame for your injuries falls on another driver, you can pursue compensation from the other driver and their insurer.
To discuss the compensation you might pursue for injuries you sustained in a Dallas car accident, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with a Dallas car accident attorney.
- Intersection crashes
- Most Dangerous Roads/Intersections in Dallas
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Highway Crashes
You can also contact a car accident lawyer in Fort Worth, TX.