Given the sprawling landscape that makes up the Lone Star state, the Texas Highway System and Texas High Freight Network are critical pieces of infrastructure. However, anyone traveling along these roads will tell you that they are extremely dangerous.
According to a report published by Texas Monthly, 62% of all accidents in the state occurred on highways and interstates. The study concluded that the most dangerous stretch of highway was Interstate 69C, between FM 2812 and Monte Cristo Rd. Between 2013 & 2015, 12 deaths occurred over seven crashes along this stretch of highway.
The study also outlines several particularly deadly highways in the Houston area:
- FM 1960
- US 290
- US 59
- Beltway 8
- SH 6
- SH 288
- SH 249
- Veterans Memorial Drive
Texas Monthly also included highways in San Antonio:
- Loop 1604
- US 90
- FM 225
- Military Drive
- Culebra Rd.
Lastly on the list from the magazine were highways in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex:
- SH 360
- SH 183
- Loop 12
- US 175
- US 75
The 675,580 miles of highway that encompass Texas are among the most dangerous in the country. Among all these treacherous stretches of highway, one in particular is missing from the list. According to a study published in 2021 by Budget Direct, the I-45 stretch of highway between Galveston & Dallas is the most dangerous stretch of highway in the nation.
On average, there are 56.5 fatal accidents per every 100 miles of highway. In particular, the stretch of I-45 that runs through Houston is the most dangerous part, claiming the lives of 73 people in 2019.
The highways of Texas can be dangerous for anyone as these reports have shown. However, there is a particular group of Texans who face these challenges in ways different than many of us, Truckers.
Trucking in Texas
Trucking is a critical aspect of the Texas economy. The State of Texas estimates that the trucking industry supports more than 1.1 million jobs across the state, producing $91.6 billion in Gross State Product.
On average, 1.5 billion tons of freight is shipped over Texas highways each year. Pulling these goods along the THFN, are hundreds of thousands of truck drivers who cross into the Texas border each year. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) reports that a total of 257,450 Texans work as In-House Truck Transportation Specialists, also known as truckers. These workers help support the local economy and are critical to the financial health of the state.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) tallied a total of 5,237 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2019. This was a 2% increase over the previous year.
Texas roadways can be a danger no matter who you are. If the worst happens, and you find yourself in need of assistance, we hope you consider Sutliff & Stout.
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