Houston Highway Accident Statistics

What Are the Most Dangerous Highways in Houston?

Houston is known for having bad traffic. On top of that, the accident and serious injury rates are surprisingly high.

For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Harris County has been named #1 for fatal car crashes in the state of Texas for the past (5) years. 

Harris County Traffic Accident Data

Harris County is home to some of the most dangerous highways in America. Harris County accounts for over 10% of the total fatal car accidents in Texas.

The following crash statistics from 2018 reflect the most recent data from TxDOT regarding accidents in Harris County:

  • 368 fatal crashes resulting in 391 fatalities
  • 1662 suspected serious crashes
  • 1947 suspected serious injuries
  • 20,517 possible injury crashes
  • 107,215 total crashes
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Daily Deaths on Texas Roads for Nearly 20 Years

Nearly 900 deaths occurred on the road during the first four (4) months of 2020.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in their #EndTheStreakTX campaign, it has been 19 years since there was a deathless day on Texas roadways.

Houston Auto Accidents, Injuries, and Deaths

The City of Houston has the highest number of total crashes in the State, with over 64,000 reported to the TxDOT in 2018.

According to the Crashes and Injuries data supplied by the department, the following took place in 2018:

  • 189 fatal crashes resulting in 297 fatalities
  • 1030 suspected serious crashes
  • 1175 suspected serious injuries
  • 5038 non-incapacitating crashes
  • 6703 non-incapacitating injuries
  • 64,126 total crashes

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Most Dangerous Highways in Houston

Houston has been labeled the deadliest city. In a report compiled by ValuePenguin using the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (NHTSA-FARS), several Harris County highways ranked in the top 50 Most Dangerous Highways in the United States.

I-45 was listed as the 2nd most dangerous highway in AmericaThe I-10 and US-59 were also named in the top 50 most dangerous highways.

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute reported that Houston’s West Loop (IH 610) is once again the State’s most gridlocked corridor in the State.

Houston’s Highways Are Some of the Most Congested Road Sections in Texas

Other notoriously dangerous highways making the list of Texas’ 100 Most Congested Road Sections in 2019 include Houston’s:

  • Southwest Freeway/ IH 69/ US 59
  • Eastex Freeway/ IH 69/ US 59
  • Gulf Freeway/ IH 45
  • Katy Freeway/ IH 10/ US-90
  • North Loop W Freeway/ IH 610
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If you are injured in a highway accident in Houston, you need an experienced attorney who can assist you in getting the maximum compensation in your case.

The personal injury attorneys at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs have recovered billions for their clients in Texas. All cases are retained on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any attorney’s fees unless we recover on your behalf.

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