While Texas is certainly a beautiful place to both live and drive, it also has some of the deadliest highways in America. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the fatality rate for Texas in 2012 was 1.41 deaths per one hundred million vehicle miles traveled. In more understandable terms, 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 35 minutes in 2012 on Texas roads; 1 person was injured every 2 minutes and 17 seconds; and one crash occurred every 75 seconds. For a look at the 5 deadliest highways in the Lone Star State, read on:
1. Interstate 45 in Harris County
I-45 in Harris County, Texas isn’t just one of the deadliest roads in the state; it makes the top 10 list for deadliest roads in America, too. This freeway, which heads north and south, has claimed too many lives– from 1994 to 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation recorded 288 crashes and 320 deaths on I-45, making it by far the number one deadliest highway in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation has asked for $3 million, which it hopes to use for safety improvements along the dangerous road. Officials in the state currently cite traffic and congestion as the main problem which leads to crashes on this stretch of road.
2. Interstate 10 in Harris County
I-45 isn’t the only part of Harris County that’s dangerous. I-10 that runs through the county, also known as Katy freeway going west or Baytown East Freeway, had 246 crashes and 283 deaths between the years of 1994 and 2008.
The combined number of fatal accidents that occurred on highways in Harris county in a single year—2012—is 360. Of these, 93 were on state and U.S. highways in the area, such as U.S. Route 59, U.S. Route 90, and U.S. Route 290.
3. Interstate 35 East through Dallas
Driving through Dallas can be extremely dangerous due to the high levels of congestion in this city. I-35 east in Dallas was responsible for 63 fatalities (60 fatal crashes) in the year 2012.
4. Texas State Highway Loop 1604
Also known as the Charles W. Anderson Loop, this highway that circles around San Antonio is extremely dangerous for unsuspecting drivers. In 2012, there were 204 crashes on this highway, a slight decrease from the 232 in 2011. The majority of accidents occur as a result of having to stop immediately for a light at the end of the expressway, which has proven to catch drivers off guard.
5. Interstate 410
I-410 or Loop 410, as it’s often referred to amongst locals, also loops around San Antonio and connects with I-35. Officially named the Connally Loop, this loop near the North Star Mall was responsible for 226 crashes in 2010; 227 in 2011; and 300 in 2012, making it one of the most dangerous highways in the state.
Not on the list of most dangerous highways but worth mentioning are interstates and highways through Travis and Tarrant County, such as I-83 and I-35 West. In 2012, there were 33 lives claimed in motor vehicle related accidents in Tarrant County; 36 on U.S. highways in Travis County; and 12 more fatalities on interstates that pass through Travis County.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident on these Texas highways, contact Tate Law Offices, P.C., for a free case review to see if you are entitled to compensation.