Where are the Most Dangerous Spots for Drivers in Houston?
If you keep up with the local news in Houston, then you know that our roads have recently become more dangerous. The number of vehicle crashes has been on the rise, reflecting a trend seen across the United States. Pedestrian fatalities have also seen sharp increases over recent years.
In 2015 alone, there were over 66,000 vehicle crashes in Houston. Those crashes led to 1,310 incapacitating injuries and 203 fatalities. While the Texas Department of Transportation hasn’t listed the official numbers for last year yet, nationwide estimates lead us to believe that those numbers will likely be even larger for 2016.
Houston residents rely heavily on our vehicles to get where we’re going, so it’s not surprising that residents have been worried by these trends. Serious vehicle accidents are a threat to all of us, including our loved ones. This worry is prompting many Houstonians to learn more about what we can do to help make ourselves and our families safer on our next drive.
Perhaps one key way to accomplish this goal is to know where crashes are most likely to occur. Fortunately, there is plenty of information available on this topic.
Major Roads Host Many Serious Crashes
As you see in a map listed in this Houston Chronicle article, crashes are distributed rather evenly across the city but seem to be particularly common along our biggest interstates. I-69, I-45, and Loop 610 can be very dangerous for drivers. These major roads are dangerous for two reasons. First, vehicles travel at higher speeds on these roads. Second, major roads also have higher volumes of traffic. The combination of these two factors leads to more accidents and more severe injuries in these accidents.
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Intersections are Also More Dangerous for Motorists
Busy Houston intersections set the scene for many crashes. Bissonnet Street at Sam Houston Parkway, Hardy Road at Sam Houston Parkway, and Sam Houston Parkway at Westheimer Road are three of the 10 most dangerous intersections in Houston. It’s worth noting that feeder lanes alongside toll roads tend to have higher numbers of crashes than other locations.
When Bad Weather Sets In, Watch Out for These Locations
When flooding hits our city, drivers encounter even more challenges on Houston’s roadways. As we’ve mentioned before, there are several spots more likely to flood than others. Some of the most dangerous during a flash flood are Telge Road near Spring Cypress Road, Interstate 45 near Crosstimbers, and White Oak Drive near Beauchamp Street
There are several dangerous locations for drivers in Houston. In addition to the ones listed above, you probably have your own shortlist of hazardous spots that you encounter on your way to work or in your own neighborhood. While we can’t control the actions of other drivers, we can all do our part to curb the number of crashes across our community.
Improving our driving habits means focusing on the basics. Observe the rules of the road, be mindful of those driving recklessly and always keep your attention on the road ahead.