Texas Car Crash Statistics 2023 vs. 2022

More than a thousand people move to Texas daily, which means more drivers are traveling on our 200,000 miles of state-maintained roadways. To keep up with the influx, state officials have invested billions of dollars to make our roads safer.

Still, it’s been 23 years since a day went by without a traffic fatality in Texas.

And while this is a very stark statistic, Texas envisions a future with zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. It has adopted a “Road to Zero” plan to reduce traffic fatalities on Texas roads to zero by 2050, and half by 2035.

So, how are we doing? Let’s look at crash statistics from the past two years.

Texas Crash Data

Have you ever wondered what happens to Texas crash reports after an accident? Where do they go from your local police department? These reports –  whether filed by police or drivers through blue forms – are submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).

Those reports are then entered into the Crash Records Information System (CRIS), an extensive database maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation. It contains data from every crash report filed in Texas. It is an exhaustive database from which useful information can be mined.

In this post, we will share our findings after doing just that – analyzing data from CRIS and other government agencies. You’ll find information here you won’t find anywhere else.

For example, it’s easy to track the increase or decrease in accidents based on crash type, but the information tells a much more helpful story when combined with other sources of information, such as data on population growth in Texas over the same period.

So, let’s jump right in and compare 2022 against 2023, the most recent years complete car crash statistics are available.

The Number of Crashes in Texas Held Steady in 2023

Overall, there were 3,367 more accidents reported in 2023 than in 2022. That is less than a 1 percent increase in the total number of crashes. There were 555,586 accidents in 2022 and 558,953 accidents in 2023. That translates to:

  • 1,531 accidents per day in Texas in 2023
  • 46,579 accidents per month;
  • 10,748 accidents per week.

That’s just over 1 accident per minute in Texas in 2023.

 20222023
Total Crash Count555,586558,953
Population30,026,54730,500,000
Non-Injury, Non-Fatal Crashes with Property Damage50,65448,355
Non-Fatal Crashes With Injury165,973169,203
Fatal Crashes3,9653,855
Total Number of Fatalities4,4074,268
Total Number of Injuries244,325250,182

Texas Population Growth Against Crash Data

Let’s compare this against population growth. Texas, the second-largest state in the U.S. by both area and population, sees a vast amount of traffic on its roads each day. Texas grew in population by 1.6 percent last year, adding more people than any other state in the nation last year, according to the United States Census Bureau.

Although there were more crashes in Texas last year, the rate at which crashes increased was less than the rate that the population grew by.

Increase in accidents in Texas vs. population growth from 2022 to 2023.

Fatal Car Crashes Were Down in Texas

In 2023, there were 3,855 fatal car crashes in Texas, compared to 3,965 in 2022. That’s a 2.8 percent reduction in fatal car crashes, even while the population increased by 1.6 percent. Those crashes resulted in 4,268 lost lives in 2023 and 4,407 in 2022. 

While even a single death is one too many, a reduction in fatal crashes is at least a step in the right direction. Advanced safety features in modern vehicles, combined with highway improvements and increased education, have likely contributed to the reduction of traffic fatalities across Texas.

Total Number of Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents Went Up in 2023

The Number of Texans Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents Went Up

And while fatalities decreased, the number of people injured in vehicle accidents increased in Texas. In 2023, 250,182 people were injured in vehicle accidents, compared to 244,325 the year before. That’s 5,857 more injuries from motor vehicle accidents in Texas in 2023 than in 2022. That is an increase of about 2.3 percent, slightly more than the increase in population in Texas over the same period of time.

Total Number of Injuries Went Up in Texas in 2023

Remarkable Reduction in Alcohol-Related Accidents in Texas in 2023

Drunk driving crashes are a serious problem in Texas, but fortunately, we are seeing a downward trend – especially in alcohol-related fatalities. In 2023, 3,547 people died in alcohol-related accidents, compared to 4,756 the year before, despite a 1.6 percent increase in population. This represents a 25.4 percent reduction in alcohol-related accident deaths in 2023.

Alcohol-related crashes overall were down, as well. In 2023, there were 23,844 alcohol-related crashes, compared to 24,951 the year before. That’s 1,107 fewer alcohol-related accidents, representing a 4.4 percent decrease.

 

 2022 Alcohol-Related Crashes2023 Alcohol-Related Crashes
Total Crash Count24,95123,844
Non-Injury, Non-Fatal Crashes with Property Damage71706606
Non-Fatal Crashes With Injury24,92124,262
Fatal Crashes39462916
Total Number of Fatalities47563547
Total Number of Injuries49,52947,384

Driving While Intoxicated Filings vs. Intoxication-Related Fatalities in Texas 

Dallas, Tarrant, and Harris County all saw reductions in alcohol-related fatality crashes and misdemeanor DWI cases. Bexar County, which had the greatest reduction in alcohol-related fatalities, had about 10 percent more misdemeanor DWI cases filed in 2023 when compared to 2022. 

DWIs Filed in Large Counties in Texas in 2022 and 2023

County Level Changes in DWIs and

Statewide, filings of misdemeanor DWIs dropped about 3.4 percent while alcohol-related motor vehicle accident deaths dropped by over 25 percent.

DWI filing have decreased in Texas, so have intoxication-related deaths.

Dallas County Accidents

In 2023, there were 52,115 accidents in Dallas County, compared to 54,555 in 2022 – a decrease of 2,440 car accidents. And while the total number of accidents went down, fatalities were slightly up at 332 – 10 more than the previous year.

The number of alcohol-related fatalities went down significantly with 349 in 2023, compared to 551 in 2022. 

The number of motorcycle accidents remained almost the same, with 42 in 2023 and 46 in 2022. The total number of individuals injured in accidents went up by over 500, with 25,142 injuries in 2023 and 25,708 in 2022.

Dallas County20222023
Total MVAs54,55552,115
Fatalities322332
Injuries25,70825,142
Alcohol-Related Fatalities551349
Motorcycle Fatalities4642

Tarrant County Accident Statistics

There were 29,043 accidents reported in Tarrant County in 2023, up 34 accidents from 2022, a virtual dead heat. There were 13 more fatalities from car accidents in Tarrant County in 2023 compared to 2022, with 215 and 202, respectively.

There were 120 alcohol-related car accident fatalities in Tarrant County in 2023 – and 21 more than the previous year.

The number of motorcycle fatalities jumped from 40 in 2022 to 54 in 2023.

Tarrant County20222023
Total MVAs29,00929,043
Fatalities202215
Injuries15,83115,698
Alcohol-Related Fatalities141120
Motorcycle Fatalities4054

Harris County Accident Statistics

The number of accidents stayed relatively steady in Harris County. There were 116,437 accidents in 2023, compared to 116,473 accidents reported to TXDOT  in 2022.

The total number of fatal car accidents dropped from 559 in 2022 to 534 in 2023.

The number of alcohol-related fatalities had an even greater drop from 834 alcohol-related fatalities in Harris County in 2022 to 701 alcohol-related traffic accident deaths in 2023.

The number of motorcycle accidents went from 110 in 2023 to 100 in 2022. The total number of injuries arising from traffic accidents went up, from 46,569 in 2022 to 47,598 in 2023.

Harris County20222023
Total MVAs115,806116,743
Fatalities559534
Injuries46,56947,598
Alcohol-Related Fatalities834701
Motorcycle Fatalities110100

Bexar County Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

The total number of accidents in Bexar County rose from 47,467 in 2022 to 48,690 in 2023. Meanwhile, the number of traffic fatalities dropped from 247 in 2022 to 209 the next year.

Bexar20222023
Total MVAs47,46748,690
Fatalities247209
Injuries19,85120,077
Alcohol-Related Fatalities318132
Motorcycle Fatalities2837

Massive Drop in Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities in Bexar County in 2023

Even more remarkably, the number of alcohol-related traffic accident deaths dropped from 318 to 132, a reduction of almost 58 percent, the most significant drop in the cities mentioned in this article. According to the Office of Court Administration, in 2023 about 10 percent more misdemeanor driving while intoxicated cases were filed in Bexar County than the previous year.

First-Time DWIs Reduced in Bexar, But in More Limited Circumstances in 2023

Bexar County will offer reductions for a first-time DWI to an obstruction of highway charge, but in 2023, officials changed their policy to no longer allow reductions if the blood alcohol concentration was over .15 or if there was an accident. The county reported a 3 percent lower recidivism rate for individuals who pled to obstruction charges compared to those who pled to DWI charges.

Motorcycle accident fatalities in Bexar County increased from 28 in 2022 to 37 in 2023. The total number of injuries arising from traffic accidents in Bexar County increased from 19,851 in 2022 to 20,077.

Travis County Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

Travis County saw a slight decrease in motor vehicle accidents from 17,468 accidents in 2022 to 17,257 accidents in 2023, a reduction of 2.2 percent. The total number of fatalities went down by 5.3 percent and the number of alcohol-related fatalities went down by nearly 27 percent. Like many other counties, the number of motorcycle-related fatalities went up. In Travis County specifically, it went up nearly 13 percent in 2023.

Travis County20222023
Total Crash Count17,64817,257
Total Number of Fatalities169160
Total Number of Injuries11,10510,831
Alcohol-Related Fatalities205150
Motorcycle-Related Fatalities3135

Collin County Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

In Collin County, motor vehicle accidents increased by 7.4 percent – from 13,824 in 2022 to 14,846 in 2023. The number of fatalities from motor vehicle accidents dropped from 76 in 2022 to 62 in 2023, an 18 percent reduction.

The total number of alcohol-related fatalities also dropped, from 70 in 2022 to 45 in 2023 –  a 36% reduction. Collin County saw two fewer motorcycle-related deaths, dropping from 19 in 2022 to 17 in 2023.

Collin County20222023
Total Crash Count13,82414,846
Total Number of Fatalities7662
Total Number of Injuries6,8217,242
Alcohol-Related Fatalities7045
Motorcycle-Related Fatalities1917

Denton County Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

Denton County had 12,262 total vehicle accidents in 2023, up from 11,966 the previous year – a 2.4 percent decrease. The total number of fatalities stemming from motor vehicle accidents increased from 48 in 2022 to 51 in 2023. There was nearly a 60 percent increase in alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths in 2023 compared to the previous year in Denton County, jumping from 25 to 40. The most dramatic increase in deaths was the nearly doubling of motorcycle-related deaths, jumping from 8 in 2022 to 17 in 2023.

Denton County20222023
Total Crash Count11,96612,262
Total Number of Fatalities4851
Total Number of Injuries4,7475,083
Alcohol-Related Fatalities2540
Motorcycle-Related Fatalities817

Hidalgo County Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

In 2023, Hidalgo County had an increase in crashes, from 17327 in 2022 to 17746 the following year – 2.4 percent increase. There was an increase in the number of fatalities from 76 to 83 during the same period, an increase of 9.2 percent. The number of alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities dropped from 129 to 116, a reduction of 10 percent, and the number of motorcycle accident-related fatalities dropped from 10 to 6 in 2023.

Hidalgo County20222023
Total Crash Count17,32717,746
Total Number of Fatalities7683
Total Number of Injuries9,53910,160
Alcohol-Related Fatalities129116
Motorcycle-Related Fatalities106

El Paso County Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

El Paso County saw a 3.15 percent drop in the total number of motor vehicle accidents in 2023 as compared to 2022, from 19471 to 18857. There was a nearly 7 percent increase in the number of fatalities arising from motor vehicle accidents, going from 89 in 2022 to 95 in 2023. There was a 30 percent increase in the number of alcohol-related fatalities, jumping from 76 to 99, and an 85 percent decrease in motorcycle-related fatalities dropping from 20 deaths in 2022 to 3 deaths in 2023.

El Paso County20222023
Total Crash Count19,47118,857
Total Number of Fatalities8995
Total Number of Injuries7,0117,797
Alcohol-Related Fatalities7699
Motorcycle-Related Fatalities203

Fort Bend County Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

In 2023, Fort Bend County had 11,549 total crashes – a 10 percent increase from the year before when there were 10,496 crashes. There was a 26 percent increase in the number of motor vehicle accident-related deaths, but a nearly 4 percent reduction in alcohol-related deaths. The number of motorcycle fatalities increased by one.

Fort Bend County20222023
Total Crash Count10,49611,549
Total Number of Fatalities3443
Total Number of Injuries3,9464,379
Alcohol-Related Fatalities2625
Motorcycle-Related Fatalities78

Motorcycle Accidents Increased in Texas in 2023

In 2023, there were 278 more motorcycle accidents than the year before, representing a 3.3 percent increase. There was also an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities – with 54 more fatalies in 2023, compared to 2022, which is a 7.7 percent increase.

 2022 Motorcycle Crashes2023 Motorcycle Crashes
Total Crash Count8,3588,636
Non-Injury, Non-Fatal Crashes with Property Damage130124
Non-Fatal Crashes With Injury75957790
Fatal Crashes662702
Total Number of Fatalities702756
Total Number of Injuries95429718

Funding for Texas Road Improvements

Keeping Texas roadways safe is no small feat. That’s why the Lone Star State has the Unified Transportation Program (UTP), which is TxDot’s 10-year plan that guides transportation project development across the state. 

UTP authorizes the distribution of dollars to fund the state’s highest-priority transportation projects. For example, TxDoT has earmarked $5.2 billion for projects in the Fort Worth area and $11.5 billion for projects around Dallas. This 10-year investment is part of $142 billion that will be poured into Texas roadways in an effort to enhance safety, improve congestion and connectivity, and preserve roadways.

The Road to Zero Goal

In 2019, the Texas Transporation Commission established the Road to Zero initiative. The goal is to reduce the number of deaths on Texas roadways by half by the year 2035 and zero by the year 2025.

In doing so, the Texas Transportation Commission acknowledged that most motor vehicle crashes and preventable and directed TxDot to develop and implement strategies to achieve this goal.

At the time of this article, the last deathless day on Texas roadways was on November 7, 2000. That means a person has died every single day for more than 23 years. 

And while that is a very sobering statistic, we have made progress. The latest car crash statistics show that we’ve reduced the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents – including those involving alcohol – on Texas roadways even with the population increase.

Hopefully, with ongoing advancements in automotive technology, infrastructure safety enhancements, and robust educational campaigns, we will see a continued decline in these numbers year after year.  Still, we have a very long way to go to get to the goal of zero fatalities by 2050.

 

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