A look at drunk driving statistics. Spoiler Alert: It’s bad.

Drunk driving accidents are prevalent in Texas. Unfortunately, the Lone Star State leads the country in the number of DUIs each year. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) there were 57,919 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2011 with 79,573 people sustaining serious injury. In overall crashes, a total of 211,006 people were injured. That means one person was injured every 2.5 minutes on Texas roads, one was killed every 3 minutes. Sadly, there were no deathless days on Texas roads in 2011. Nearly 35% of the 1039 fatalities in 2011 involved drunk drivers.

Big Cities, Big Numbers

Most of the state’s fatalities (57%) occurred in crashes in rural areas. April was the deadliest month, with 287 people killed on Texas roads. As you might imagine, the three largest Texas cities had the greatest number of crashes, injuries, fatalities and DUIs, with Houston leading the pack. El Paso ranks up there with the larger cities as well. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Houston – 38,538 total crashes; 5,885 serious injuries; 183 fatalities; 1487 DUIs
  • San Antonio – 28,212 total; 3,455 serious; 111 fatalities; 1,771 DUIs
  • Dallas – 23,193 total; 4,354 serious; 110 fatalities; 1,414 DUIs
  • El Paso – 12,125 total; 1,696 serious; 60 fatalities; 694 DUIs
  • Austin – 11,353 total; 3,210 serious; 53 fatalities; 1,129 DUIs
  • Fort Worth – 9,174 total; 2,297 serious; 65 fatalities; 577 DUIs
  • Corpus Christi – 7,509 total; 1,223 serious; 32 fatalities; 308 DUIs

Suburbs & College Towns

Even some of the suburbs of big cities like Dallas – Frisco and Garland – had quite a high # of crashes and DUIs for their size, with the nearby city of Plano leading the Dallas suburbs with 4,592 total crashes that year. The college town of College Station also had a significant number of overall crashes, 5,405 to be exact. Contrast these numbers with the small towns of Earth and East Tawakoni, Texas, which each had only one crash all year with no injuries. The medium-sized cities also had their share of auto accidents. Those with the highest numbers were:

  • Lubbock (5,389 total crashes)
  • Laredo (4,926 total)
  • Midland (3,173 total)
  • Tyler (3,045 total)
  • Waco (2,868 total)
  • Brownsville (2,743 total)
  • Beaumont (2,587 total)

“Happy” Hours

The number of DUI crashes in Texas rose as the day wore on from 4 p.m. and the hour grew later, peaking at 3 a.m. The greatest number of DUIs occurred between 2 and 3 a.m., which is when many bars and nightclubs are closing down. Not surprisingly, the most DUIs happened on Saturday night (6.345 total, 255 fatal), followed by Sunday night (5,711 total, 228 fatal) and then Friday night (3,864 total, 134 fatal).

Also not surprisingly, the age group with the most DUIs in Texas was during the celebrated “college years” of 21 to 25-year-olds (195 fatalities), followed by 26 to 30-year-olds (156 fatalities) with novice drunk drivers under 21 coming in third (98 fatalities). Of the 1,039 total DUIs in Texas in 2011, 635 were drunk drivers, 155 were their passengers, 139 were in other vehicles, 109 were pedestrians or cyclists and 1 “other.”

Bringing the Numbers Down

At Grossman Law Offices, we’ve spent the last 25 years trying to decrease these numbers and hold all responsible parties accountable, while garnering our clients the highest possible numbers in terms of their monetary recovery for losses like medical bills, lost wages (present and future), disability, funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. We are determined to defend the rights of drunk driving accident victims and their families, while making Texas roads safer in the process. So if you or a loved one have been hurt or killed by a drunk driver, call us now for a free and confidential consultation. At our firm, you’re not just another statistic. We’ll give you the personal attention and individual dedication you and your loved one deserve.

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