Public crash data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation indicates that total motor vehicle crashes in Dallas County have been reduced by over 40% since March 11th.
While a decline in traffic collisions is certainly to be anticipated as Texans observe shelter in place and social distancing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19, the numbers are no less shocking.
Below we've detailed the decline in crashes in Dallas in the three weeks since the World Health Organization officially classified the outbreak a pandemic.
Note: This post was last updated on April 13, 2020 to reflect the most up-to-date crash data possible. In this post we have cited TxDot crash data through April 1, 2020. It is possible that this data is slightly incomplete, as officers have 10 business days to file new crash reports. We will be updating this post as necessary as new data becomes available.
Dallas County Crash Totals During COVID Outbreak vs. Previous Period
|March 12 - April 1, 2020 (COVID)||2523||16||1110|
|February 20 - March 11, 2020||3816||19||1662|
Dallas County Crash Totals Over the Last 12 Months
Drunk Driving Crashes Decline in Dallas County During COVID Outbreak
|March 12 - April 1, 2020 (COVID)||78||4||53|
|February 20 - March 11, 2020||131||0||75|
There isn't a lot of good news right now, but as Dallas personal injury attorneys we can't help but feel some gratitude that the COVID-19 outbreak has, a least temporarily, reduced the prevalence of vehicle crashes and injuries in our home county.
Check back next month as we'll be following up on this post with updated, expanded crash data.