Greater Houston is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, both in land area and population. Many of its estimated 7.34 million residents take to the roads every day, going to work, school and otherwise carrying out their daily activities. According to the Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation, Greater Houston has nearly 5.5 million registered vehicles on the road.
With this many vehicles on the road, accidents are bound to happen. However, there is one road in particular where Houston drivers are most at risk for crashes.
The Most Dangerous Road In Houston
Vision Zero Houston is the local chapter of a nationwide project that aims to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. Part of this project is collecting crash data, which has led to the creation of the High Injury Network (HIN). The HIN represents only 6% of Houston streets but accounts for 60% of traffic deaths and serious injuries.
The deadliest road in Houston is part of the HIN, a section of Bissonnet Street stretching from South Dairy Ashford Road to Hillcroft Avenue. Bissonnet Street accounts for the most fatal crashes and the second most serious injury crashes across all City-owned streets in Houston.
What Can Drivers Do To Avoid A Crash?
Crashes often happen due to things totally out of drivers’ control, like other drivers, poor infrastructure, traffic, or otherwise adverse road conditions. However, with some extra care and attention, drivers may be able to minimize the threat these dangers present.
The following driving behaviors could help reduce the risk of a crash:
- Driving within the speed limit
- Obeying traffic signs and signals
- Leaving room between your car and the car in front of you
- Using turn signals
- Checking blind spots before making a lane change
- Signaling lane changes
- Not making any sudden maneuvers
- Remaining alert and attentive to your surroundings at all times
If, despite your best efforts, you get in a crash, consult an experienced personal injury attorney. There could be legal options available to you that can aid your recovery.