Highway safety is a significant issue in Texas, leading to many injuries and even deaths. If you are a driver in the Lone Star State, it’s important that you know about some of its more dangerous highways so that you can take precautions when traveling on them.
Every day there are numerous car crashes on highways throughout Texas; these have often caused serious bodily harm such as broken bones, internal bleeding and even death due from head trauma. There’s no guarantee that we’ll always get home safe but it’s important to know what types of routes might pose safety risks when driving around Houston.
Most Dangerous Road in the USA
A new study from Budget Direct reports that Interstate 45, running north from Galveston to Dallas through Houston is the most dangerous road in America. This road has seen 56.5 fatal accidents for every 100 miles of roadway, thanks to a combination of busy, urban stretches and driver complacency. Harris County is currently suing the Texas transportation department to prevent a planned expansion of the deadly road. Like with all highway driving, it is important to use caution while driving down on this highway.
Tips for Safe Driving
Driving in Texas has become more dangerous as the population increases and highways are not built to accommodate for busy travel times. If you’re a driver in this state, it’s vital to know which roads are more dangerous than others and how best to stay safe when driving on them. While there may be no avoiding these roads if they exist near where you live or work, knowing about their dangers can help keep your personal safety high while traveling through those areas. Here are a few tips on making your drive times safer:
- Avoid the Worst Roads – Take alternate routes, avoiding particularly dangerous highways and/or intersections.
- Drive defensively – The road is always changing and you never know what might be around the next corner. It’s important to stay on your toes at all times when driving. Pay attention, watch for signs that warn of possible hazards ahead (e.g., detours), brake in a controlled fashion if needed, change lanes as necessary; but most importantly: make sure you’re paying attention!
- Avoid Distractions – Cell phone use while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. However, there are many other driving distractions such as eating or drinking, changing the radio stations or talking/interacting with passengers.
- Wear a seatbelt – This is required by law and yet many people choose not to buckle up.
- Getting a newer car – New cars often come with updated safety features such as lane assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and more. They will also be more rigorously tested for general safety during accidents and will have more advanced airbags which can make the difference in life or death after a serious accident.
Contact a Texas Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, or someone you know has suffered injuries because of a car crash, please call The Miller Law Firm. Adam Miller, The Texas Bulldog is experienced and dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt on America’s most dangerous roads. Our staff is ready to answer your questions about what it takes to get compensation after an injury due to negligent driving. We will always fight to help you recover lost wages, medical bills, pain & suffering, emotional distress and more. Let us help you today! Call Adam Miller, The Texas Bulldog at 713-572-3333.