• The Fatality Rate on Texas roadways for
2017 was 1.37 deaths per hundred million
vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.14%
decrease from 2016.
• Texas experienced a decrease in the number
of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2017
death toll of 3,727 was a decrease of 1.77%
from the 3,794 deaths recorded in 2016.
• There were 14,282 serious injury crashes in
Texas in 2017 with 17,535 people sustaining
a serious injury*.
• The annual vehicle miles traveled in Texas
during 2017 reached 272.989 billion, an
increase of 0.64% over the 271.263 billion
traveled in 2016.
• Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the
state accounted for 52.37% of the state’s
traffic fatalities. There were 1,952 deaths in
rural traffic crashes.
• Single vehicle, run-off the road crashes
resulted in 1,311 deaths in 2017. This was
35.18% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in
• In 2017 there were 763 people killed in
crashes occurring in intersections or related to
• There were 553 people killed in head-on
crashes in 2017.
• There were no deathless days on Texas
roadways in 2017.
• There was one crash that resulted in 6 or
more fatalities in 2017.
• Friday, November 17th was the deadliest day
in 2017 with twenty-six (26) persons killed in
traffic crashes. July was the deadliest month
with 352 persons killed.
• Based on reportable crashes in 2017:
1 person was killed every 2 hours
1 person was injured every 2
minutes 4 seconds
1 reportable crash occurred every
• Of all persons killed in vehicles where
restraint usage was applicable and usage
was known in 2017, 39.98% were reported as
not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
• 254,415 persons were injured in motor
vehicle traffic crashes in 2017.
• There were 499 motorcyclists (operators and
passengers) killed in 2017. Fifty one percent
(51%) of motorcyclists killed were not wearing
helmets at the time of the crash.
• Pedestrian fatalities totaled 615 in 2017. This
is a 9.56% decrease from 2016.
• Pedalcyclist fatalities totaled 57 in 2017.
This is a 13.64% decrease from 2016.
• In 2017, there were 1,046 people killed in
motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver
was under the influence of alcohol. This is
28% of the total number of people killed in
motor vehicle traffic crashes.
• During 2017, more DUI – Alcohol crashes
were reported in the hour between 2:00 am
and 2:59 am than any other hour of the day.
Also, more of these crashes occurred on
Sunday than any other day of the week.
• In 2017, there were 451 people killed in
crashes involving distracted driving. This is a
2% decrease from 2016.
• There were no fatalities caused by a bridge
collapse in 2017