How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Dallas?
2019 Texas statistics show that there were 1.26 fatalities per 100,000 people. Dallas accident numbers were higher than the rest of the metropolitan areas, except for Houston. There were nearly 37,000 accidents in Dallas or 12.99 deaths per 100,000 people.
Many of these deaths might have been avoided. The 2019 statistics for Dallas list 185 total traffic deaths, with just over 23% of these fatalities (43). These accidents were due to drivers having blood-alcohol levels beyond the legal limits. Fatal accident numbers for Dallas due to individuals disregarding the seatbelt law were not available; however, Texas recorded 42.42% statewide.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Dallas?
Within the Dallas city limits, the Dallas Department of Public Works is responsible for road infrastructures. This department is responsible for resurfacing worn-down roads, clearing overgrowth, maintaining bridges and guardrails, and taking care of repairs for traffic lights and street lamps. They also send out teams to fill potholes or place signage.
In their 2021 report, The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released a report card for America’s overall infrastructure. Texas received a mediocre overall grade of C, with roads in even poorer condition, receiving a D+. Bridges received a B-. Dallas is growing, and so is the increase in traffic congestion, as well as wear and tear on the roads.
The ASCE, despite the Dallas ratings, is quick to note that the roads do not reflect a thoroughness on the part of local agencies and their maintenance of the roads and highways infrastructures. With Texas being one of the most populated states, wear and tear is expected. Ratings like these assist local agencies in focusing their efforts to where they are most needed, especially when there are limited resources.