How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Austin?
Austin reported 86 fatalities in 2019, performing worse than the average number of fatal accidents statewide. In Texas, there were 1.26 fatalities per 100,000 people. Austin suffered 9.05 deaths per 100,000 people.
Many of those fatalities could have been prevented. Although statistics on restraint use in fatal accidents in Austin are not readily available, in 2019, 42.42% of statewide accident fatalities were not wearing seat belts. Even more disturbing, approximately 50% of drivers in fatal accidents had known blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) above the legal limit.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Austin?
The Austin Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining roads. This includes simple repairs like filling potholes and placing signs. But more, it includes resurfacing worn-out roads, keeping through ways clear of overgrowth, maintaining bridges and guardrails, and repairing traffic lights and streetlights, among many other tasks that keep roads drivable.
The American Society of Civil Engineers periodically releases a report card for the overall infrastructure of America. Their 2021 report gave Texas an overall grade of C, a mediocre rating. Worse, Texas roads were graded a D+, poor rating. Bridges were graded a B-. The report states that Austin roads are experiencing an increase in traffic congestion due to the area’s growth.
Despite these ratings, the ASCE is sure to mention that they do not reflect the diligence of local agencies tasked with maintaining these vital infrastructures. Texas is the second-most populous state, and it should be expected that their roads and bridges will undergo a significant amount of use. These ratings are useful for these agencies to understand where their efforts need to go with the limited resources with which they have to work.