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Transportation in San Antonio revolves around the automobile. San Antonio is also among the fastest-growing cities in the country. Lots of trips by car, combined with a growing number of drivers on the roads, is a recipe for a lot of car accidents in San Antonio. Around 30,000 – 40,000 per year, to be exact.

San Antonio is a safer place to drive than Dallas or Houston—but not by much. The city’s drivers still rank among the worst in Texas and the worst in the country. If you live in San Antonio, your chances of experiencing an auto accident this year are well above the national average. San Antonians are involved in a crash every eight years on average.

The odds of avoiding a car accident are not in your favor. The chances of recovering everything you’re owed from the insurance company increases substantially when you hire a qualified attorney.

People In San Antonio Depend On Cars

San Antonio is largely a car-dependent city. If you live and work here, chances are you drive a car to and from work. Commuters utilize their personal automobile more than 90% of the time in San Antonio, compared to 3% who use public transportation and 2% who walk. That’s the highest car commuter rate in Texas. And the overwhelming majority of the city’s commuters make the drive alone, according to the San Antonio Report.

More People, More Cars, More Problems

San Antonio’s dependency on the single-occupancy vehicle is understandable when you consider the large land size of the city. Over the years, it’s continued to spread out as more people move to San Antonio, which is one of the ten fastest-growing cities in the nation. The Alamo City’s population grew by 1.3 percent from July 2019 to July 2020. By 2050, the San Antonio metro area is expected to have more than four million people.

The I-35 corridor is the nation’s fastest-growing region. But congestion along Interstate 35 could threaten San Antonio’s economy. Over the last two decades, the number of cars traversing the Loop 1604-Interstate 10 interchange doubled.

Bexar County is in line for major infrastructure projects, including expansions of I-35, Loop 1604, I-10, and U.S. Highway 90. Although this could ease congestion in the long term, in the short term, it increases the risks of work zone crashes and injuries. Bexar County has the second-highest number of work zone crashes in Texas, averaging more than 2,000 per year.

San Antonio Traffic Safety

There were more than 33,000 San Antonio car crashes in 2020, per TxDOT. The good news is, that number is down from more than 45,000 in 2014. The bad news is, there are nearly 100 crashes in San Antonio every day.

Compared to other Texas cities, San Antonio ranks eleventh for driver safety, with 8.81 fatal accidents per 100,000 residents. It’s the twelfth most dangerous city in the state for drunk driving and second most dangerous for speeding. The worst roads for speeding in San Antonio, reports Value Penguin, are I-410, I-35, I-10, US-90, and US-281.

San Antonians are generally known as a friendly bunch. On the road, their manners appear to be less cordial. A survey of 2,000 Texans gave San Antonio a score of 4.2 out of 10 for how drivers rate their relationships with other drivers. Nationwide, Allstate ranks San Antonio 138 out of 200 for its Best Drivers Report. San Antonio drivers go an average of 8.2 years between collisions and have a collision likelihood that’s 29% above the national average, says Allstate.


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