From the Praetor's Office-Don't Drown, turn Around October 24 2015, 0 Comments
Texas leads the Nation in flash flood fatalities with more than twice the number of the next nearest state. Some major factors contributing to this fact are Texas' extreme flood events and the fact that Texas has one of the largest road systems in the country. These roads have many rural and urban low-water crossings and this is where the majority of flood-related fatalities occur. The fact that so many people drive to their death in floodwaters year after year is a major for these flood fatalities.
Preliminary figures for 1995 show that 79 people lost their lives in flash floods/floods of which 55% were vehicle-related. Texas had 34% of the 1995 fatalities. Of the 79 deaths, 73% were male with an average age of 34 years old, while females averaged 37.8 years old. Most of the years with the greatest number of flash floods/floods can be directly related to the years with major land falling hurricanes, "Betsy" in 1965, "Camille" in 1969, and "Agnes" in 1972. During October 1998, the Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety shows 10 incidents involving flood casualties: of these 8 were vehicle-related, the remaining 2 were tornado-related.
In a nutshell, drownings in vehicles are a major cause of deaths in Texas and the U.S.