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 2019 was 1.26 deaths per one hundred million vehicle miles traveled. In more understandable terms:
- 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 26 minutes.
- 1 person was injured every 2 minutes, 3 seconds.
- 1 crash occurred every 56 seconds on Texas roads.
For a look at the 5 deadliest highways in the Lone Star State, read on:
- 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 – in one recent 14-year study, 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.
State officials cite traffic and congestion as the main problem that leads to crashes on this stretch of road.
- 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, experienced 246 crashes and 283 deaths, according to the USDOT study.
The combined number of fatal accidents that occurred on highways in Harris County in a single recent year 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.
- 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 one recent year.
- 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 one recent year, there were 204 crashes on this highway. 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.
- Interstate 410
I-410 or Loop 410, as it’s often referred to among 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 300 crashes in one recent year, 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 counties, such as I-83 and I-35 West. In one recent year, 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 for a free case review to see if you are entitled to compensation.