No one plans to get in an accident. Instead, crash victims often find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thus, it could help to know where most accidents occur in Texas.
This type of information could be a tool in helping drivers steer clear of dangerous roads.
Most dangerous counties in Texas
Per the Texas Department of Transportation, the following counties had the highest accident rates in the state in 2019:
- Tarrant County: 32,389 crashes (causing 167 fatalities)
- Bexar County: 50,796 crashes (causing 177 fatalities)
- Dallas County: 55,346 crashes (causing 271 fatalities)
- Harris County: 113,525 crashes (causing 418 fatalities)
While accidents can happen in any county and any city, these were among the most dangerous places in 2019.
Most dangerous roads
Statistics show that accidents are more common on urban highways versus rural highways and on roads with four or more undivided lanes.
However, it is interesting to note that while accidents may be more common on urban highways, they could be more severe on rural roads. In rural areas, crashes contributed to 1,866 fatalities, compared to 1,744 fatalities in accidents in urban areas.
Most dangerous times and days on the road
Time and day also have a dramatic impact on road safety in this state. According to the Texas DOT:
- Saturday is the most dangerous day of the week, with about 17 percent of fatal accidents occurring.
- December was the most dangerous month for driving in 2019, with 308 fatal accidents occurring during that month.
- The highest number of crashes occurred between 9:00 and10:59 p.m.
In other words, weekend driving in the winter at night could be the most dangerous time to be on the road.
How to use this information
When you know that certain places or roads are more dangerous, you can adjust your driving habits accordingly.
For instance, you might opt to drive somewhere on a Wednesday afternoon instead of a Saturday night. Even if you cannot or do not want to adjust your driving schedule, you can focus on being especially alert and defensive when driving at a time or place known to be more dangerous.
While it may not be possible to avoid every car crash, you can use this information to reduce your risk and stay safer.