Four of Deadliest Roads in the United States are in Houston

Written by Greg on August 14, 2018

Houston Deadliest Roads, Baumgartner Law Firm, Houston Texas

 

Driving is safer than it has been in past decades, but it can still be dangerous. Some roads are more hazardous than others. ValuePenguin recently ranked the top 50 most dangerous roads in the country using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, IIHS-HLDI, issues an annual report using compiled data from the U. S. Department of Transportation FARS system. This data is useful in understanding some details of fatal accidents in Texas and across the country.

 

I-10

 

I-10 is the most dangerous of Texas highways. I-10 stretches all the way across Texas from El Paso to the Louisiana border. The most dangerous section of I-10 is in Harris County near Houston. From 2010 through 2016, 585 fatal crashes resulting in 676 deaths happened on this highway and is ranked as the fifth deadliest in the country.

 

U.S. 59

 

U.S. 59 runs through 631 miles of Texas including a stretch through the Houston area. It is a highly traveled highway and is part of the High Priority Corridor 18.  U.S. 59 has a drunk driving accident rate of 42.9% compared with the average of 28.7% making it one of the highest rates in the country.

 

State Route 105

 

SR-105 has a deadly stretch of highway that has been the location of numerous fatal accidents. Also, SR-105 also has a high rate of crashes involving drunk drivers. It ranked fourth on the list of drunk driving accidents in the country with a reported 47.7 % of related to alcohol use. This is well above the average of 28.7%. SR-105 also has the most extended EMS wait times in the country with an average of 30 minutes.

 

U.S. 290

 

U.S. 290 is located entirely in Texas. It runs east and west between Interstate 10 in Harper to Interstate 610 on the northwest side of Houston and is the main highway for travelers between Houston and Austin.

 

U.S. 290 has a long wait time for emergency services. On average, a driver will wait 13 minutes for emergency help compared with the median delay time of 10.8 minutes. Those several minutes of delay could be deadly.

There are many reasons for deadly accidents on our highways. Some of the most common factors include speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving and drowsy driving. Unfortunately, many fatal accidents involve big rigs like 18-wheelers are common on our major highways.

Some of the Texas highways that ranked among the deadliest in the nation are also major commercial truck corridors. Truck accidents can be among the most dangerous and result in severe injuries and fatalities.

 

If you were hurt in a severe crash, or if a loved one died because of an accident, do not delay in contacting an experienced car and truck accident attorney. Contact our legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm today to schedule a free case consultation. 281-587-1111.

 

Resources

Value Penguin https://www.valuepenguin.com/2018/06/most-dangerous-highways-united-states

KHOU 11 https://www.khou.com/video/news/local/4-of-uss-deadliest-highways-in-houston/285-8208398

IIHS-HLDI http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview

 

 

 

 

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