Yesterday's Houston commuters likely experienced the traffic backup yesterday as the Westbound lanes of The North Loop near Hardy Toll Road were shut down after a fatal accident. The Houston Police Department reported that at least two vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred just after 9am yesterday. Right after the accident, HPD was allowing traffic to continue moving on all but three lanes, but later decided to shut down all main lanes. No word yet on what caused the accident.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), The North Loop is one of Houston's most dangerous freeways based on accident data. The TxDOT also compiled a list of the city's most dangerous interchanges, listed below starting from the most dangerous:
- 610 W Loop at Southwest Freeway (562 accidents between 2007 and 2009)
- Northwest Freeway at the 610 Loop (268 accidents between 2007 and 2009)
- Gulf Freeway at 610 Loop (256 accidents between 2007 and 2009)
- North Freeway at 610 N Loop (214 accidents between 2007 and 2009)
- Katy Freeway at Beltway 8 (208 accidents between 2007 and 2009)
Accident reports indicate that some of the most common causes of accidents on these freeways and interchanges include speeding, tailgating and other forms of reckless and careless driving. TxDOT also specifically stated that, for teenage drivers, Harris County's Interstate 45 is the most dangerous in the state based on crash data from 2006 to 2010. More than 3,000 teen drivers were involved in accidents on this segment of I-45 during this time span.
Sadly, the overwhelming majority of these thousands of accidents are completely preventable. When drivers choose to disobey traffic laws or fail to take the necessary safety precautions, people can be injured and even killed. The Houston car accident attorneys at Stern Law Group have the following suggestions for Houston drivers:
- Plan Ahead: Allot yourself extra time before traveling to your destination. This can discourage you from speeding. Also be sure to plan out your route ahead of time to avoid accidents caused by being unfamiliar with directions.
- Avoid Driving Distracted: Although cell phone use/texting has only been banned for bus drivers, novice drivers and in school zones, we recommend avoiding all types of driver distraction, especially sending and reading text messages.
- Drive Defensively: Sometimes, driving safe is not enough. Even if you are driving safely and abiding by traffic laws, you can be involved in an accident because of another careless driver. At all times, be aware of your surroundings so that you can maneuver around and avoid accidents caused by dangerous drivers.
In the event that you are involved in an auto accident, speak with a Houston personal injury lawyer at our firm. Over 40,000 people have chosen Stern Law Group to handle their case. Call today for a free evaluation of your car accident claim.