Most Dangerous Roads for Texas Drivers
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Gregory H. Herrman with Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C..
The Texas roads that are considered most dangerous to drivers are highways. Texas is a massive state with highways running the length of it in any direction; Texan drivers often find themselves spending hours at a time on the road if they need to visit another city. Additionally, out-of-state travelers may spend days trying to drive from one end of the state to the other, and accidents are not uncommon. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident on a Texas roadway, reach out to a Texas car accident attorney to discuss your options for physical and financial recovery.
Some of the most dangerous roads in Texas include the following:
- Interstate 45 (I-45): Congestion, traffic, drunk driving, and poor lighting have all been indicated as potential elements that make I-45 so dangerous. This highway runs North to South from Dallas to Galveston. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the number of crashes and fatalities on this highway makes it the deadliest road in Texas, and it is included in the top 10 deadliest roads in the country.
- Interstate 10 (I-10): This highway runs from east to west, starting at the border of Louisiana and ending in the small town of Anthony, Texas. This road is also referred to as the Katy Freeway or Baytown East Freeway depending on where you get on. According to a study by the DOT, this highway also ranks as one of the most dangerous highways in the country, likely because it passes through three of the most crowded cities in the state: El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston.
- Interstate 35 (I-35): This highway runs north to south across the entire state, and sees a particularly high rate of fatal crashes in the Dallas area. However, wrecks are common all along I-35, a phenomenon which is partially attributed to its popularity as a shipping route for large semi-trucks and 18-wheelers making long trips.
- Texas State Highway Loop 1604 (Charles W. Anderson Loop): This loop of highway circles around San Antonio, and like many of the circling streets and highways in the area, can catch drivers off-guard. One traffic light in particular situated at the end of the expressway has been attributed to a significant number of car wrecks, as drivers appear to be unprepared and are taken by surprise at suddenly finding themselves at a traffic light.
- Interstate 410 (Loop 410 or Connally Loop): This is yet another looping San Antonio highway responsible for hundreds of crashes each year. This stretch of highway curves around by the North Star Mall and connects to I-35, a dangerous highway in its own right. San Antonio highways can be particularly tricky to navigate due to their looping nature and the congestion on the roads, so it’s important to slow down and remain alert whenever you find yourself driving in the area.
Liable parties in a car accident can be wide-ranging and could include another driver, trucking company, and even state or local governments responsible for the upkeep and basic safety of these roads. If you or a loved one were injured on a dangerous road in Texas, reach out to a car accident attorney in the area to learn more.