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Houston Speeding Car Accident Data 2023

The above photo shows the Houston car accidents that are related to speeding.  This photo demonstrates that speeding car-related accidents cover all of Houston. This article uses data from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Crash Report Information System, or CRIS for short.   The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for collecting and maintaining accident data for all of Texas, including the Houston speeding car accident data used in this article. 

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2023, Texas had over 500,000 car accidents.  Yes, that is half a million car accidents in 2023.  Of these accidents, Houston had over 65,000 car accidents in 2023.  In 2023, Houston had more car accidents than any other city in Texas. Also, many of these accidents were related to speeding vehicles. According to TxDot, in 2023, Houston had 23,869 car accidents related to speeding.  This Houston Speeding Car Accident Data can be evaluated further.  

Houston Speeding Car Accident Data by Months

The table below shows the Houston speeding car accident data by the months of the year for 2023. 

Houston Speeding Car Accidents 2023-Months

 

As can be seen from this data, Houston had an even distribution of speeding-related car accidents in 2023.  On average, in 2023, Houston had 1,989 speed-related car accidents each month.  In 2023, Houston experienced a slight uptick  in speeding-related accidents in March, April, and May and again at the end of the year from October through December.  

This table also shows a slight decrease in speeding-related accidents during the summer months of June, July, and August.

At the Molina Law Firm, we understand the far-reaching impact of speeding car accidents in Houston. We are committed to helping victims and their families seek justice and fair compensation for their losses. As part of our commitment to the Houston community, we have compiled essential information to help you understand the scope and impact of speeding-related accidents. 

 

 

Houston Speeding Car Accident Issues

Several factors cause speeding-related car accidents, each contributing to the likelihood and severity of crashes. Here are some common causes:

  1. Reduced Reaction Time: Speeding decreases the amount of time a driver has to react to unexpected situations, such as another driver’s actions, a pedestrian crossing the road, or sudden changes in road conditions.

  2. Increased Stopping Distance: The faster a vehicle is moving, the longer it takes to stop. In physics, force equals mass times acceleration, F=mass x acceleration.  Higher speeds mean greater stopping distances, which can make it difficult to stop in time to avoid a collision.

  3. Loss of Vehicle Control: Higher speeds make it harder to navigate turns, avoid obstacles, and maintain control of the vehicle, especially in adverse conditions like wet or icy roads.

  4. Increased Crash Severity: The energy released in a crash is proportional to the square of the speed at impact. Therefore, accidents at higher speeds are typically more severe, leading to greater damage and more serious injuries or fatalities.

  5. Driver Behavior and Decision-Making: Speeding can be a sign of aggressive driving or poor decision-making. Drivers who speed may also engage in other risky behaviors like distracted driving, driving under the influence, or not wearing seat belts.

  6. Traffic Flow Interruptions: Speeding can disrupt the smooth flow of traffic, leading to abrupt changes in speed among other drivers and increasing the risk of collisions.

Addressing speeding-related accidents often involves a combination of law enforcement, public education, and road design improvements to encourage safer driving behaviors and reduce the likelihood of high-speed crashes.

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