Texas has 675,580 miles of highway lanes–more than any other state. So it comes as no surprise that Texas often tops the nation’s rankings for highway fatalities. In 2016, for example, Texas counted 3,751 deaths caused by motor vehicles according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Out of that total, 584 people were killed in Texas truck accidents. You and your family may be able to reduce the risks of driving on Texas roads by avoiding the times and places where such accidents are most likely to take place.
If you or a loved one do have the misfortune of being injured in a Texas truck collision, it is critical to contact an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C, we have the necessary skill and knowledge to help secure your recovery. Call 281-283-8500 today or submit the details online to schedule a free, no-risk case assessment.
We will review the accident, evaluate your injuries and offer guidance regarding your next steps.
What Times and Dates are the Worst for Truck Accidents?
One recent source of crash risk data is provided by Lytyx, a company which has installed video recorders on over 116,000 trucks operating across the country. When a collision or near-collision occurs, Lytyx records the time and geographical area of the location, which enables trucking fleets to predict high-risk times and areas of operation.
Interestingly, the high-risk times for collisions and near-collisions were different. “Collisions occur more frequently at night,” said Ryan Brandos, a Lytx data analyst. “We see those same drivers avoid contact during the afternoon hours, resulting in more near collisions during the day.”
Each day of the week presents its own risks, too:
- Wednesdays carried the highest collision risks
- Fridays involved the most near-collisions and highest driver distraction rates
- Thursdays had the highest number of traffic violations
- Tuesdays had the highest rates of drowsy driving
According to Brandos, the National Football League (NFL) has a striking effect on the safety of our roads. The higher drowsy driving rates on Tuesdays are possibly linked to Monday Night Football, which caused many drivers to stay up later and drink more than usual. The connection emerges when comparing Tuesdays throughout the year. “The NFL season is from the end of August through December,” said Brandos. “During that four-month window, risks are 170 percent higher on those Tuesdays compared to the rest of the year.”
In addition to new technologies like those provided by Lytix, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NTHSA) has been a traditional source of data on highway accidents. According to the NHTSA, most accidents occur between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday is the most dangerous day to drive, and the summer sees a much higher accident rate than the rest of the year. The higher rate of accidents during these times are due to higher traffic volume, along with more impaired drivers on the roads.
Which Texas Roads Are Most Accident-Prone?
Interstates 10 and 20 in Texas have some of the highest fatality rates in the country. Between 2010 and 2016, these roads saw 676 and 594 deaths respectively. Specifically, the I-10 is most dangerous in Harris County, while the I-20 is the most accident-prone in Dallas County. But these are not the most dangerous roads in Texas–their heightened fatality rates are due to being the longest and most traveled.
When considering fatality rates on a per-mile basis, the deadliest road in Texas is a short stretch of I-69C in Edinburg. This one and a half mile stretch saw twelve fatalities between 2013 and 2015 alone. When considering only the number of fatal accidents, the most dangerous areas to drive in Texas are the I-45 in Houston and I-410 in San Antonio.
Another dangerous area is centered on Odessa in West Texas, with around 100 fatalities occurring there between 2013 and 2015. Unlike the other dangerous zones mentioned above, Odessa is not a particularly populated or dense urban area. Instead, the danger comes mostly from exceptionally high rates of distracted, drugged, or drunk driving as young men flock to the area for jobs in the oil and gas industries. Many of these accidents occurred because inexperienced drivers were at the wheel of large tanker trucks.
Let a Houston Truck Accident Lawyer Help
While the frequency and deadliness of truck accidents have declined since its peak in the 1970s, the trucking industry still exacts an unacceptably high toll on Texans. Countless lives have been ruined because of inexperienced drivers, unsafe practices, and faulty equipment.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we are dedicated to helping families recover from these tragic trucking accidents. If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, call us today at 281-283-8500 or online for a free consultation about your case.