|Hays County Sheriff’s Office|
|San Marcos 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.
San Marcos 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 San Marcos
The total number of accidents reported in San Marcos rose sharply from 1,291 in 2014 to 1,593 in 2015. This sharp increase of about 23.4 percent was due to the sudden reduction in the price of gasoline. From 2015 to 2016, the price of gasoline remained low.
Many residents of San Marcos continued driving and the number of accidents in 2016 was 1,560. However, by 2017, there was a significant drop in the accidents recorded. It declined by 16.34 percent to 1,305 in 2017, and it stayed within the same range at 1,314 in 2018.
The sudden rise in the accident rate from 2014 to 2015 correlates with the rise in the rate of accidents in Texas and other parts of the country from 2014 to 2016. The unprecedented drop in crude oil prices from $140 per barrel to $30 per barrel in 2016 created a new opportunity for people to spend more of their income on fuel and drive for longer hours.
But with the increase in gasoline prices to over $60 per barrel in 2017, there was a significant decline in the number of accidents, and this trend continued in 2018. With the increase in the price of crude oil and the ominous signs of an impending global economic decline, few San Marcos residents will be willing to spend a lot of time on the road. This situation could lead to a continuous drop in the accident rates in the city.
History of Fatalities in San Marcos
|Fatal Accidents - Past 5 years Involving:|
Unlike the trend observed in the number of accidents occurring in San Marcos from 2014 to 2018, the number of fatalities has been rising and falling. In 2014, four fatalities occurred while the number dropped to three in 2015. Subsequently, the fatalities rose to 6 and 7 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Then, there was a relatively sharp decline in 2018 with just three fatalities. Within the 5 years – from 2014 to 2018 – 2015 and 2018 were the safest for San Marcos road users with just three fatalities while 2017 was the worst with 7 fatalities.
The rise in the number of fatal accidents in San Marcos in 2016 may be attributed to the high number of accidents in the same year. However, with the decline in the number of accidents in 2017, there is an unexpected increase in fatalities in 2017. Further investigation reveals that three out of the seven fatalities recorded in 2017 occurred on I-35 interstate highway. This can be seen on the heat map in the map below.
Accidents on this highway involve drivers who are driving at very high speeds. One of the fatalities occurred when a high school student was driving with his friends and lost control of the car. The fatality involved a passenger sitting in the back seat without a restraint. She was ejected from the car.
This is just one of the many accidents that involve young drivers and their friends every year. However, in 2018, the fatalities dropped again to three. This may be due to efforts made to enlighten young drivers about safe driving practices.