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2014 Texas car accident statistics

The statistics released by the Texas Department of Transportation are not what anyone wants to see. In nearly all categories, there was an increase in 2014 from 2013. Here are some of the most important statistical data from 2014:

-- Fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents increased by 3.7 percent. The total number in 2014 was 3,534, while the number in 2013 was 3,408.

-- Single vehicle accidents accounted for 1,384 death in 2014, which was 39.6 percent of all deaths from motor vehicle accidents.

-- Head-on crashes killed 581 people in 2014.

-- Two crashes in 2014 had six or more fatalities.

-- Accidents involving intersections killed 823 people in 2014.

-- The deadliest month in Texas in terms of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents was October, as there were 351 people killed. January 1 and April 19 both had 23 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

- Drunk driving accidents accounted for 1,041 deaths. That is 29 percent of the overall number of people killed.

-- Based on 2014 reportable crashes, a crash occurred every 66 seconds. An injury in an accident occurred every two minutes, 13 seconds. A fatality occurred every two hours and 29 minutes.

One of the few categories of motor vehicle accident statistics that experienced a decrease was in pedestrian fatalities. Still, there were 486 people killed in 2014, which was down 1.4 percent from 2013.

If you have lost a loved one because of another person's negligence or recklessness, you may have a claim for compensation. An attorney can help you with the civil lawsuit process, which is separate from any criminal charges.

Source: Texas Department of Transportation, "Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics - 2014," accessed Dec. 22, 2015

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