Many Texans love to drive fast. However, that may be one of the reasons the Lone Star State has such high levels of traffic fatalities. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the state hasn’t gone a single day without a fatal crash since Nov. 7, 2000.
While vehicle fatalities in the state have seen a decline in recent years, an average of 10 people still die every day in car crashes.
What are the most dangerous roads in Texas?
According to data from ValuePenguin, several highways that pass through Texas have a high number of fatalities. Some of those include:
- Interstate 35: 590 fatal crashes
- Interstate 10; 585 fatal crashes
- Interstate 20; 490 fatal crashes
- S. 59; 318 fatal crashes
- S. 82; 122 fatal crashes
When it comes to most dangerous Texas counties for deadly car wrecks, Harris, Dallas and Bexar counties all had the highest fatality rates. Williamson County was not on that list.
What are the causes of most Texas traffic fatalities?
As circumstances often vary in car crash deaths, it can be challenging to pinpoint one specific cause. However, these are some of the most common on Texas roads:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving well above the posted speed limit.
- Failing to signal or stay in the correct lane on a high-speed highway.
State looking to make improvements
The Texas Transportation Commission recently approved a goal to cut vehicle fatalities in half by 2035 and hopefully end all deaths on state roads by 2050. They’ve said the measure would include a $600 million investment over the next two years to widen roads and add rumble strips.
Car crash victims deserve support for their ailments
Vehicle collisions, especially those caused by drunk drivers, can cause great suffering for victims and their families. In many cases, injuries endured in car crashes can be so severe that they result in permanent physical or mental damage, lost wages and time away from work. Luckily, there are ways for victims to receive compensation for their pain.