According to abc13, Highway 288 in Houston is now one of deadliest highways in Texas.
The study focused on 78 of the deadliest stretches of highways in the state, which accounted for 1,473 fatalities between 2013 and 2015.
Number five on the list is the stretch of highway between downtown and the beltway. Thirty-two people were killed. That’s nearly 5.9 fatalities per mile.
Number four was Highway 35 in San Antonio. Thirteen people died. Also roughly 5.9 deaths per mile.
This highway in the west Texas town of Penwell is the third deadliest stretch of highway. There were 18 fatalities or about six deaths per mile.
Number two was Fort Worth’s Highway 30, where 14 people died. That’s seven fatalities per mile.
The deadliest stretch of highway in Texas is highway 69 in Edinburg. Twelve people have died. That’s eight deaths per mile.
Although we have all considered the risks of being involved in a car accident, it is really brought into perspective when it is represented by researched statistical data.
We often forget just how large the state of Texas is and how it plays a major role in the number of car accidents that occur. Texas has a lot of rural roads as well as urban highways. Regardless of where you drive, you are at risk of being involved in an accident.
Information such as the above statistics are important because it warns people to be more vigilant while driving on these particular roads.
Auto Accident Statistics
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:
- Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
- There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
- Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
- 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
- The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
- Texas experienced a decrease in the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
- There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
- Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
- Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.
In preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA
- A 7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths occurred in 2015. Around 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
- Estimates based on data for 2015 reveals that most of the nation saw significant increases in motorcyclist (9% increase), pedestrian (10% increase) and pedal cyclist fatalities (13% increase).
- Fatalities to drivers and passengers also increased (6% and 7%, respectively).
- Fatalities in crashes involving young drivers (15 to 20 years old) increased 10 percent.
- Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased by 4 percent.
- Fatalities among occupants of passenger vehicles that rolled over increased by about 5 percent. These estimates are created by inflating current 2015 cases coded into FARS to regional totals presented in the note for the overall fatalities.
San Antonio Car Accident Attorney
More car accidents tend to occur in areas with high traffic volumes such as large urban cities. Many of the highways that made the list are highways that run through urban areas. There are many reasons that people have car accidents, but one of the most common reasons for getting involved in an accident is being distracted while driving. Cell phones, radios, eating, applying make-up, etc. are all reasons for a driver to be distracted and potentially cause an accident. If you have been involved in a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation today.