With over 300,000 highway miles and over 3,500 highway fatalities each year, Texas takes the cake for having some of the longest highways in the country, as well as some of the most dangerous. Take extra care while driving on the most dangerous highways in Texas, and if you do find yourself a victim of a car accident, call an experienced legal professional at Scott M. Brown & Associates immediately. We hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence and aggressively protect the best interests of our clients.
The following is a list of the five most dangerous highways in Texas, determined by the number of deaths per mile.
1. I-69C in Edinburg
It is interesting that the deadliest road in Texas is in a less densely populated area. This 1.5-mile stretch of I-69C just north of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley sees approximately eight fatalities per mile, the most fatalities per mile out of any single stretch of highway in Texas.
2. I-30 in Fort Worth
The two-mile stretch between I-35 and Oakland Boulevard on I-30 comes in at second place with just over seven fatalities per mile. The majority of dangerous highways in Texas are located near major cities.
3. SH-288 in Houston
With nearly six fatalities per mile, the section of SH-288 from downtown Houston to the beltway is one of the most dangerous in Texas.
4. I-35 in San Antonio
Highway I-35 also has nearly six fatalities per mile and is cited as the fourth most dangerous highway in Texas, but the highway with the second highest number of fatalities.
5. I-20 in Penwell
Multiple stretches of I-20 appear on the list of the most dangerous highways in Texas, but the stretch of I-20 that runs through Penwell is one of the most deadly in the state. It sees nearly six deaths per mile, as well.
The three most common types of accidents that take place on the most dangerous highways in Texas are listed below.
- Single Car Accident: In a single car accident, only one car is involved. The majority of these accidents involve a car colliding with an object on the road, fallen debris, an animal on the road, or running off the side of the road. Single car accidents can happen as a result of driving too fast, swerving to avoid unexpected objects on the road, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Rear End Collision: Roughly one-fourth of all traffic collisions are rear end collisions, when one vehicle collides with the vehicle in front of it. Typically, rear end collisions occur as a result of distracted driving, tailgating, and poor visibility on the road.
- Side Impact Collision: Side impact collisions, including side swipes and T-bone accidents, occur when one car changes lanes without looking or runs through a stop sign or red light at an intersection. These accidents can be especially deadly, with one-fourth of all passenger vehicle deaths attributed to side impact collisions.
Even the safest driver can find himself or herself in a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you will want a legal professional fighting for your rights as soon as possible. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, we have helped countless car accident victims obtain a full recovery on their injuries. We hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence and are here to fight for your rights. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.