The four most dangerous counties in Texas for truck accidents
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were in 2013 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) more than 29,000 motor vehicle crashes involving commercial vehicles, of which more than 450 involved at least one fatality and more than 8,300 resulted in injuries.
These accidents were not spread evenly throughout the state. Examination of the TDOT data at the county level shows that in most Texas counties, your risk of getting into an accident with a commercial vehicle, like a semi or a delivery truck, is fairly low. Most counties recorded fewer than 100 such accidents in 2013, and several were in the single digits.
In fact, only a handful of counties in the state accounted for the lion’s share of commercial vehicle accidents. These were:
- Harris County
- Dallas County
- Bexar County
- Tarrant County
These four counties accounted for almost 40 percent of all commercial vehicle accidents in the state; they far outpaced all other counties, the next highest being Webb County. That these four counties are also the most populous in the state is no coincidence.
What you can take away from these data is that while no place in Texas is risk-free when it comes to the possibility of colliding with a truck or other commercial vehicle (no county recorded zero such accidents), it pays to be more vigilant in more densely populated areas, as these are also where the trucks tend to congregate and where your risk of encountering one being driven by a negligent driver or one which is poorly maintained increases dramatically.
If despite your best defensive driving efforts you still find yourself in an accident with a commercial vehicle, then you may have a cause of action against the driver, his or her employer, and possibly other parties. A personal injury law firm experienced with truck accidentcases can help you to determine who to pursue for damages claims, and how to pursue them.