, fog, or clouds, among others, were listed on the crash report as the cause of the crash.
Not surprisingly, the data revealed that states with large coastlines are most impacted by climate conditions. In fact, Texas, California, and Florida were at the top of the list for states with the largest average increases in climate-related crashes year over year.
D.C., Rhode Island, and Vermont had the lowest average change in crash numbers year over year.
In general, Jerry found that weather-related crashes are increasing. Our report indicates that weather-related crashes have increased by an average of 397 incidents annually in the last 14 years. That’s an increase of 72% from 2005-2019.
To put it simply, weather-related crashes have almost doubled (from 4,813 to 8,277) over the 14-year period.
Car accidents and weather over the years
Interestingly, we found that cloudiness, which impacts visibility according to the NHTSA, is the weather condition that has increased the most over the years. Rain and cloud-related crashes saw a mini peak in 2015, while rain-related crashes steadily increased in 2016.
While our data report didn’t look at the specific weather patterns that are contributing to the car accidents in each state, icy weather in Texas over the years may be to blame, according to the
, a reported motor vehicle crash occurs on a Texas road every 56 seconds. In addition, more than 10% of crashes (almost 60,000) are due to poor weather conditions like rain, wind, snow, ice, sleet, and fog.
Just this past February, there was a massive car accident that involved more than 130 vehicles on an icy Texas interstate near Fort Worth that left six people dead and dozens injured. In Florida, the frequent rainfall may have increased the risk of car accidents.
Lisa Steuer McArdle is an insurance writer with over 15 years of experience writing and editing content in a variety of industries, including insurance and personal finance. Lisa specializes in taking deep dives into make and model-specific content that helps car owners and buyers make solid money-saving choices. Lisa has written over 350 articles for Jerry on topics including electric vehicles to classic cars. Before joining Jerry, Lisa worked in various aspects of the printing industry as a content writer, developer, and editor and earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Lycoming College.