Deadly Crashes Highlight Houston’s Dangerous Roadways
Written by Greg on September 27, 2018
While summer is coming to an end, Houston’s roads continue to be the most dangerous of any metro areas in the country. Four people died in two different crashes last weekend and others were severely injured in two other serious car accidents. This brings the total for the week to 11 fatal crashes that resulted in 12 deaths. Houston has been maintaining similar statistics throughout the year, making it the deadliest metropolitan area in the country, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
On Saturday night, a vehicle traveling south on Texas 249 allegedly went through a red light and hit a vehicle that was turning left. Both drivers were killed in the crash. Later, a vehicle was driving north on Washington when it crashed into a barricade. The driver of the car was reportedly speeding and veered off the road and into ditch before going airborne, finally hitting a tree. Both occupants of the vehicle were killed.
About an hour after that deadly crash, a woman was driving along the exit ramp from Interstate 10 to Loop 610 eastbound near Gulfgate when she lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle went through a concrete barrier, plunged off the road, and rolled over. The woman survived the crash and first responders extricated her and transported her to the hospital.
Just several hours later there was a very serious multi-vehicle crash on Gessner near Clay. The accident happened when one vehicle hit into the side of another, sending it into another vehicle in the next lane. One driver had to be extricated and was rushed to the hospital in stable condition.
The causes of all these crashes are under investigation, but speed likely played a role in many of them. The initial reports state that vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed when the crashes occurred. Further investigation will determine the exact causes of these incidents.
Deadly Crashes in Texas
The Houston Chronicle report analyzed national data from 16 years and determined that the nine-county Houston metro area is the deadliest major metropolitan area in the country. It ranks number two in the country for fatal car wrecks per capita. Houston is second behind Dallas for fatal crashes that involve speeding. Alcohol and drugs are also factors in a number of fatal crashes in the Houston metro area.
The Texas Department of Transportation, TxDOT, compiles data on all crashes that occur in the state. In 2017, there were no deathless days on Texas roads. On average, a person is killed in a motor vehicle crash in Texas every two hours and 21 minutes. In addition, one person is injured in a vehicle accident about every two minutes. A reportable crash occurred in Texas about every minute in 2017.
The high number of accidents in Houston highlights the importance of safe driving. If you are injured in a vehicle accident, call the police and wait for assistance. Get immediate medical care for your injuries and contact an attorney. The negligent driver should be responsible for payment of any medical costs and other damages that result from the accident.
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