Texas continues to lead the nation when it comes to fatal drunk driving accidents. And a shocking 40% of all traffic fatalities are attributed to intoxicated drivers. Even though it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 or higher in Texas, thousands of drivers in the Lone Star State drive drunk every year. In 2015 alone, drunk drivers were responsible for 25,479 car accidents and over 15,000 injuries. On average, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash every 20 minutes in Texas.
Where are these accidents occuring? While DUI car accidents occur in nearly every major city in Texas, some places are statistically more deadly than others. Where are you most likely to get into a fatal DUI accident in the Lone Star State?
Worst Large Cities in Texas for Fatal DUI Accidents
A new study by ValuePenguin used the DUI crash data from the Texas Department of Transportation over the last three years to rank cities in Texas according to their size. Larger cities statistically have higher fatal DUI accidents. Of all the large Texas cities with at least 50,000 residents, some were considerably more dangerous than others.
- Midland – Of all the large cities in Texas, Midland was the most dangerous, with 41% more DUI fatalities than in Houston and San Antonio.
- Odessa – The DUI fatality rate in Odessa is nearly twice the average for other large Texas cities.
- Baytown – Over the last few years there have been 11 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents in Baytown. Its close proximity to Interstate 10 may contribute to the number of DUI fatalities.
- Dallas – Of all major Texas cities, Dallas is the most dangerous. Nearly 1,500 drunk driving accidents occur here every year, resulting in over 75 deaths and 145 serious and life-threatening injuries.
- Edinburg – Surprisingly, 5x as many DUI fatalities occur in Edinburg compared to its neighboring city of McAllen.
Are Mid-Size or Small Cities in Texas Safer?
Mid-size cities in Texas had statistically fewer drunk driving related deaths. However, four of the major midsize cities had more DUI fatalities per capita than any other large city in Texas. In fact, the suburbs of Houston contained some of the most dangerous medium-size cities in the state.
On average, smaller cities in Texas were significantly safer than medium or large cities. Here only 2.05 DUI deaths occur per 100,000 residents. Even better, there were no DUI fatalities in 51 of the 95 small cities.
Have You Been Injured by a Drunk Driver in a Texas Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident by a drunk driver, you are not alone. At David K. Wilson & Associates, our Texas car accident lawyers can help you obtain the money you need to recover after a devastating car accident. Our lawyers will investigate all aspects of your accident, so you can receive the money you need to put your life back together again.