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Annual Fatalities and Fatality Rate

Description: Number and rate of deaths on Texas roadways.

What is the trend?: (CY 2016 to CY 2017 compare)

  • Fatalities: Performance Improving green arrow going down
  • Fatality rate: Performance Improving green arrow going down

How it is measured: Annual fatalities is the total number of deaths in reportable motor vehicle traffic crashes in a calendar year.

A reportable motor vehicle traffic crash is any crash investigated by a Texas peace officer, received and processed by TxDOT since the report date, which involved a motor vehicle in transport that occurred or originated on a traffic way, resulted in injury to or death of any person, or damage to the property of any one person to the apparent extent of $1,000.

Fatality rate is the ratio of annual fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in a year.

Annual Serious Injuries and Serious Injury Rate

Description: Number and rate of serious injuries on Texas roadways.

What is the trend?: (CY 2016 to CY 2017 compare)

  • Serious Injuries: Performance Declining red arrow going up
  • Serious injury rate: Performance Declining red arrow going up

How it is measured: Annual serious injuries is the total number of serious injuries in reportable motor vehicle traffic crashes in a calendar year.

A reportable motor vehicle traffic crash is defined under the Annual Fatalities and Fatality Rate measures.

A serious injury is an incapacitating injury that prevents continuation of normal activities and includes broken or distorted limbs, internal injuries, crushed chest, etc.

Serious injury rate is the ratio of serious injuries per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in a year.

Fatality Emphasis Areas

Description: Number of deaths by specific areas on Texas roadways.

How it is measured: Fatality emphasis areas comprise the number of deaths in reportable motor vehicle traffic crashes by specific contributing factors:

  1. Run off the road
  2. Distracted driving
  3. Driving under the influence (DUI)
  4. Intersections
  5. Pedalcyclist
  6. Pedestrian

A reportable motor vehicle traffic crash is defined under the Annual Fatalities and Fatality Rate measures.

When reviewing the data, please note that Texas peace officers can cite multiple emphasis areas involved in one crash. One fatality will be counted for each emphasis area cited, but only one fatality will be counted in the total annual deaths to avoid double counting.

Example: A driver runs off the highway and crashes while texting on their cellphone, resulting in one death. The Texas peace officers investigating the crash cite the fatality due to both “run off the road” and “distracted driving” emphasis areas.

Why this matters: The safety of drivers on Texas roadways is TxDOT’s top priority. As part of our strategic goal, "Promote Safety," one of our objectives is to reduce crashes and deaths by continually improving guidelines and innovations, along with increasing and improving targeted awareness and education. Tracking the above safety measures informs us of the effectiveness of improvements and initiatives that target specific reasons behind crashes.

Promote Safety

Champion a culture of safety.

Objectives for goal:

  • Reduce crashes and fatalities by continuously improving guidelines and innovations along with increased targeted awareness and education.
  • Reduce employee incidents.

Performance measures for goal:

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