Austin is a busy and booming city, packed with job opportunities and tourist activities. But with a high number of residents and visitors comes a large number of drivers – and consequently, accidents.

Austin has some of the worst traffic in the United States. Due to the number of vehicles on the road, it’s also prone to more car accidents. Over 100 people died in traffic crashes in Austin in 2015. An additional several hundred were seriously injured.

In an effort to reduce the number of car accidents, the Austin Transportation Department identified the top causes of crashes. Recognizing the leading causes of accidents in the area is an important first step in eliminating dangerous behaviors:

  1. Failure to yield: It’s easy to remember to yield when you see a posted sign. But you also need to yield for pedestrians, as well as at intersections and lights where the first stopped car has the right of way.
  2. Intoxication: In Austin, you cannot drive with a 0.08% blood alcohol content (BAC) if you’re over 21 or 0.04% BAC if you’re a commercial driver. If you’re under 21, you cannot drive with any alcohol in your system.
  3. Distraction: There are multiple reasons you may get distracted while driving, whether it’s by something you see, hear or do. But texting and driving is one of the biggest and most dangerous distractions – not to mention illegal in Texas.
  4. Speeding: This is one of the most common violations throughout the United States. In 2019, Austin lowered speed limits on certain hazardous roads to support safe driving. Make sure you’re aware of these areas and follow speed regulations.

With Austin’s high traffic, it’s critical that you’re careful when driving. By familiarizing yourself with the most common causes of car accidents, you can take proper precautions – and avoid the potential injury and cost of a crash.