Houston Truck Accidents in Quarter 1 of 2017

6
Truck Accidents Resulting in Death
252
Truck Accidents Resulting in Injury
1,031
Total Semi Truck Accidents

Semi-Truck Accident Statistics for the State of Texas

Below is a chart showing the total number of truck accidents in the entire state of Texas between 2010 and 2016. We’ve seen a steady increase in truck accidents over the last six years, with just less that 15,000 in 2010 and almost 22,000 in 2016. That’s an increase of 47%! Texas is gaining more residents and thus, more drivers. With more drivers on the road, there’s a higher risk for accidents. It is more important now than ever to stay focused while driving and keep away from dangerous activiites like speeding and texting while driving.

This next chart shows the trend of 18-wheeler accidents that resulted in death. Once again we saw a steady increase the number of deaths from truck accidents between 2010 and 2016. With 269 deaths in 2010 and 375 in 2016, an increase of 39%. This is to be expected though with the rising number of crashes shown in the previous chart.

Semi-Truck Accident Statistics for Houston Metropolitan Area

Below is a chart showing the total number of truck accidents in the Houston area alone. The statistics here seem to follow suit with the previous two charts showing another rise in total accidents throughout Houston. In 2010 there were 1,542 accidents, while in there were 3,145 in 2016. That’s more than double in just six years!

The next chart shows the trend of 18-wheeler accidents that resulted in death. Thankfully, we didn’t see the same trend as with other charts. We saw the same number in 2010 and 2016 with only some minor increases and decreases in the years in between.

Months When Most Accidents Take Place

The data here shows that one of the most dangerous months for accidents is October with an average of almost 1,700 accidents. January saw the least amount of accidents with an average of 1,475 accidents. It is also worth noting that February is the second most dangerous month with an average of 1,650 accidents, just shy of October. That being said, the state of Texas doesn’t really a season that is more dangerous than the other. This is mostly due to the fact that the state of Texas enjoys a warmer climate for most of the year and doesn’t generally experience snow and ice.

Most Dangerous Holiday

The data from TXDOT indicates that the most dangerous holiday when it comes to Semi-Truck accidents is New Years Eve. There were an average of 43 accidents on this holiday between 2010 and 2016. On average, 5 of those accidents resulted in injury, and 0.4 of them resulted in death. In conclusion, we found that holidays were actually some of the safest days to drive for truck drivers. We believe this is because trucking is a job and many truckers take this time to be at home with their families.

Where Truck Accidents Take Place

The map below shows where fatal truck accidents have taken place between 2010 and the first quarter of 2017. A large majority of the truck accidents that occur in Texas happen in the large metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. In this map of accidents in Houston, we see that a large number of these occur on Interstates 64 and 610. This is because semi-trucks are found more oftenly on the interstate than they are driving around the city itself.