|Abilene Police Department|
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Car Accident Reports
Depending on where your accident occurred there are potentially 2 Police Agencies that could have attended your accident and completed the report.
ALL of these agencies use the the Texas DOT CRIS (Crash Report Information System) and so obtaining a copy of your report from any of them is relatively easy.
Abilene Accident Reports Online
- Texas DOT - Crash Reports and Records: There is no better place place than directly from the DOT for an official copy of your accident report. The Texas DOT is one of the (if not THE) most advanced State DOT’s in the United States. Where most other States in the US have no centralized data policy or standards for their accident reports, Texas has lead the way in centralizing and providing online access to its citizens.
History of Accidents in Abilene
The city of Abilene, once a nineteenth-century frontier town turned a bustling metropolis of 121,000, sits about two hours west of Fort Worth on Interstate 20. Compared to other Texas cities of its size, Abilene's accident rates tended to be moderately to significantly higher over the past five years. Additionally, the year-on-year fluctuations to these accident rates also appear to have little in common with other cities in Texas or even with national averages as recorded by the US government.
In fact, whereas the difference between 2014 and 2015's average accident volumes from around the US increased by more than 7 percent, this time period resulted in the number of accidents in Abilene decreasing by a significant amount. The city experienced 3,424 accidents in 2014 and only 3,376 the following year. Meanwhile, the accident rate dwindled in 2016 even further to 3,361 -- again bucking national trends that saw accident rates hit an eight-year high in the US. Then accident volumes shot up to a high of 3,543 in 2017, even as national volumes began to trend downward. Finally, to firmly establish the fact that Abilene's traffic and accident patterns are as unique as possible, 2018 saw accidents drop to 3,264 in 2018.
What's driving Abilene's accident volume numbers and the sudden drop? It's thought that distracted driving is one of the biggest culprits, with cell phone use behind the wheel as a primary driver. As of September 1, 2017, texting and driving became illegal in Texas, which is something that could very well result in the extreme drop in accidents in Abilene in 2018.
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History of Fatalities in Abilene
Meanwhile, even though accident rates were all over the board in Abilene during this time, there is some good news: the past five years have seen the number of fatalities either decrease or at least remain unchanged, showcasing that those who do get into accidents in the city are less likely to suffer fatal injuries. Fatalities were quite high in 2014 with 20 deaths for the year, but this number began to fall quickly, first to 18 in 2015 and then 12 in 2016. Meanwhile, 2017 and 2018 were the least deadly years in Abilene with just 11 deaths each, nearly half of what the fatality rate was in 2014.
This is, of course, gratifying, especially in light of data that shows Texas was the most deadly state for traffic fatalities in 2017, leading the country in the sheer number of deaths. This wasn't entirely unexpected, as Texas is the second most populous state in the union; higher population states usually have higher accident and fatality figures simply because there are more vehicles on the road at any given time. However, the state of California, which has an even larger population than Texas, came in second after the Lone Star State when death rates were shown for that year. This indicates that the size of population isn't always the only determining factor for accident volume or fatality rates.