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Car Accident Reports
Depending on where your accident occurred there are potentially 1 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.
Victoria 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 Victoria
The residents of Victoria, Texas have seen a marked shift in the number of accidents happening in the city over the past five years. And that hasn't been a positive shift.
The lowest accident rates in our five-year record occurred in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, there were 629 accidents. The next year saw a slight increase to 632 accidents. The more worrisome shifts came over the next few years.
In 2016, there was a sharp rise in accidents to 779. But the real jump came in 2017, when the accident rate jumped by over 200 to ring in a total of 985 accidents for the whole year. 2018 saw a decrease to 890, but nowhere near the numbers that were seen in 2014 and 2015.
What's behind the shift?
One possible explanation is the unemployment rate in Victoria. In December 2014, it hovered around 3.7%. By December 2015, it climbed to 4.6%. It peaked in September of 2016 at 5.9% and didn't fall below 5% again until May 2017.
One theory from researchers at Drexel University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor posited a strong correlation between joblessness and risk of death, but that this effect is restricted to unemployed persons, who are generally a small portion of the population.
A more likely explanation is the rise in road construction projects.
Over the last few years, Victoria has seen a steady rise in population from 65,887 in 2014 to 67,106 in 2017. This places greater strain on the roads in Victoria to accommodate increasing traffic.
In response, Victoria has conducted various construction projects to better equip their roads.
One of the most recent projects is the Placido Benavides street extension, which is a major street construction project.
City officials hope that the project will clear the way for hundreds of acres of new development for Victoria. One element of the plan would break ground on a road to connect Glascow Street and Salem Road, allowing the city to open conversations about rewriting city limits to annex land and open development along the new road.
History of Fatalities in Victoria
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Unfortunately for Victoria residents, the number of fatal accidents have also had their ups and downs. The good news is that the number of fatal accidents relative to the total number of accidents is small.
In 2014, there were three fatal accidents. The following year, 2015, nearly quadrupled to reach 11 accidents for the year. The accident rate shot back down in 2016 for three accidents but went up in 2017 to six accidents. Finally, in 2018, the accident rate remained moderate with just four fatal accidents.
What's interesting is that Victoria had the highest number of fatal accidents during a year when their unemployment was lowest. This dovetails with research by the NHTSA, which posits that economic upturns with lower unemployment rates see more fatal accidents.
The premise is simple--when the unemployment rate is low, more people are going to work each day. When more people go to work every day, more people are driving during rush hour.
And when more people are on the road at the same time, they're much more likely to be caught in accidents.