A Dallas Department of Transportation data analysis presentation to the city council found that over 60% of fatal and severe injury crashes in Dallas occur on just 8% of the city’s streets. According to the analysis, the top contributing factors in Dallas car accidents include: speed, driving under the influence, failure to drive in a single lane, and failure to yield when turning left.
This analysis explains in part why Dallas city streets have twice as many fatalities as Dallas interstates. Infrastructure concerns also help explain the high number of Dallas County work zone crashes. There were more than 2,605 Dallas County work zone crashes in 2020—the highest number in the state.
Road and infrastructure fixes may be able to improve road safety, but it is drivers who bear the biggest share of the blame for traffic accidents. Dallas is known for its fast and often reckless drivers. Over a single month in the summer of 2021, Dallas police issued hundreds of tickets to aggressive drivers, such as those who speed or make improper lane changes.
Distracted driving is another major contributor to Dallas car accidents. Statewide, 1 in 5 crashes involves a distracted driver. Texans have been prohibited from texting while driving since 2017, but despite the new law, rates of texting, taking photos, playing music, and even emailing and using social media behind the wheel have remained virtually unchanged.
While smartphone distractions are a relatively new phenomenon, alcohol-impaired driving is a perennial problem. Dallas County is near the top statewide in terms of DUI-related crashes, averaging around 2,000 per year to go along with dozens of related fatalities and hundreds of injuries. Across Texas, 25% of the people killed in motor vehicle crashes are killed in alcohol crashes.