With millions of cars on Houston roadways, drivers must stay alert. Car accidents caused by speeding lead to thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
More than 9,300 people died in accidents caused by speeding in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For at least two decades, statistics gathered by the NHTSA show that speeding has been involved in a third of motor vehicle fatalities.
Beyond fatalities, any car accidents caused by speeding can result in personal injury and property damage. Helping you recover physically, emotionally, and financially is the goal of the car accident Houston attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. If you’ve been in an accident caused by speeding, aggressive driving, or any other reason, contact us at (281) 283-8500 for a free, no-risk consultation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents in Houston
Given that Houston leads Texas in population and covers 600 square miles, the city has the most car accidents in the state, according Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT). Statistics from the TDOT report that there were 107,215 accidents in Harris County in 2018. Of those accidents:
- 391 people died
- 1,947 were seriously injured
- 31,570 people suffered injury
According to statistics compiled by government studies and insurers, some of the most dangerous roads in Houston include:
- Interstate 45 (I-45), which averaged 56.5 fatal accidents per 100 miles and ranks as the second-most dangerous highway in the nation. This interstate was also noted as one of the darkest in the nation and had a high rate of drunk driving fatalities as well.
- Interstate 610, the bypass that divides Houston.
- Sam Houston Freeway (Beltway 8), runs in a circle around Houston. The TDOT reports that the intersection of Sam Houston Freeway and Bissonnet Street is the most dangerous in all of Texas.
- State Highway 99/Grand Parkway forms an outer loop in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area and is the locations of more than 100 accidents a year.
How to Stay Safe from Speeding and Aggressive Drivers
Many drivers speed and act aggressively behind the wheel by tailgating, swerving in and out of lanes, passing too close, and other dangerous behaviors. Unfortunately, if you drive in the Houston area, you will likely share the road with these drivers.
It is important to do all you can to avoid being in an accident. According to the NHTSA, actions you can take to stay safe include:
- In bad weather, remember to go the speed that is appropriate for conditions and watch for those who are not. If you see someone driving too fast in rain (or in the rare instance there might be ice in Houston) slow down and let the driver pass.
- Stay alert for roadwork. When construction crews are doing road repairs, work zones will have much slower speeds for their safety. Stay in your lane and watch for reckless driving as speeding and aggressive drivers try to crowd to the front of mergers. If necessary, pull to the berm if someone is cutting you off.
- Driving at night reduces visibility so speed limits are even more crucial. If you are on a multi-lane road, stay to the far right. If there is only one lane each way, and you are being tailgated by a speeding or aggressive driver, consider whether you can safely pull aside.
- Give a wide berth to speeding drivers. Even after they pass, try to stay as far back as possible so that if control of the vehicle is lost, you won’t be in the path of the crash.
- Remember to be careful at intersections. Those speeding and driving aggressively might be more prone to “make a light” or run a stop sign. Be on guard to avoid an accident.
- If you feel you are in imminent danger from speeding and aggressive driving, perhaps as the victim of road rage, call police.
If a Car Accident Happens
Sometimes no matter how much care you take while driving car accidents caused by speeding or aggressive driving still occur. If you are hurt in an accident on Houston roadways, the personal injury attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C., can help. Our experienced lawyers want you to get the compensation you deserve for the injuries caused by someone’s negligence.
Contact us for a free consultation.