The Deadliest Highway Stretches In Texas

Texas is the second-largest state in the U.S., with over 268,597 square miles. Given that there’s so much ground to cover, you may not be surprised to learn that the Lone Star State has over 72,000 miles of highway and 3,000 miles of interstate highways. 

Unfortunately, Texas has one of the highest fatal crash rates in the country. In 2020, 3,520 people died in Texas auto accidents. Only one state, California, reported more fatal crashes in the same year at 3,558. 

Among the sprawling network of highways, interstates, and country roads in Texas, some areas are more dangerous than others. In fact, Texas is home to 3 of the 10 deadliest stretches of highway in the U.S. 

Top Ten Deadliest Texas Roads

It may not be possible to avoid the most dangerous roads completely, but you can keep from being in a serious car accident by obeying all traffic laws and making sure nothing is distracting you as you drive. If you must commute on these dangerous stretches, try to travel outside of peak hours. 

1. I-10 From Exit 855A to Exit 849 (Beaumont)

Between 2018 and 2020, there were 17 fatal accidents and 17 fatalities on this section of I-10.

2. I-35 From Exit 238B to Exit 244 (Austin)

From 2018 to 2020, this stretch of road saw 16 fatal accidents and 10 fatalities.

3. I-35 From Exit 235B to Exit 229 (Austin)

Overall, 15 people lost their lives in 15 fatal accidents on this portion of road from 2018 to 2020. 

4. I-20 From Exit 443 to Exit 439 (Forest Hill/Arlington/Fort Worth)

Though this is a very short segment of highway, it claimed 14 lives in 13 fatal accidents between 2018 and 2020. 

5. FM 1093/Westheimer Road From Westerland Drive to W. Loop S (Houston)

From 2018 to 2020, there were 13 fatal accidents and 13 deaths on this section. 

6. I-30 From Exit 52A to 56C

A total of 12 deaths in 12 fatal accidents happened on this stretch of highway between 2018 and 2020. 

7. I-45 From Exit 63 to Exit 59

From 2018 to 2020, 11 fatal accidents claimed 12 lives between these four exits alone on I-45. 

8. I-10 From Exit 16 to Exit 21

Between 2018 and 2020, 11 people died in 11 fatal accidents on this section of Texas highway. 

9. FM 1960 From Westfield Pl Drive to Midway Plaza Drive (Harris County)

This section of road saw 12 fatalities in 10 accidents from 2018 to 2020.

10. I-820 From Exit 33C to 30A (Fort Worth)

This stretch near Fort Worth claimed 11 lives in 10 fatal car accidents between 2018 and 2020. 

What Makes a Road Dangerous?

Many factors can cause one section of road to be more dangerous than another. Some of the considerations include:

  • Traffic
  • Intersection complexity
  • Traffic signals and other signage
  • Visibility
  • Road conditions
  • Speed limit
  • Road width
  • Sharp turns 
  • Poor road maintenance (such as faded paint lines)

Dense traffic going at high speeds is the most common factor contributing to a lack of safety. Whether you are operating a passenger vehicle, a motorcycle, or a commercial truck, use extra precaution when traffic is heavy — no matter where you are. 

Do Your Part To Make Texas Roads Safer

Dangerous sections of road are everyone’s problem. You can make driving safer for everyone when you remove distractions. Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and pay attention to speed limits. Speeding contributes to a high number of fatal crashes annually.

Contact the Car Accident Law Firm of Parker Law Firm Injury Lawyers in Fort Worth, TX for Help Today

For more information, please contact an experienced car accident lawyer in Fort Worth at Parker Law Firm Injury Lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation today. We have convenient locations in Fort Worth and Bedford, Texas.

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