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Houston Highway Car Accidents

In 2018, ABC13 discussed a new report naming major Houston-area highways as three of the country’s most dangerous. According to the report, US-59, US-290, and I-10 were all found to have high numbers of fatalities between 2010 and 2016.Despite the creation of a task force to reduce them, Houston’s tragic trend of highway car accidents appears to continue.

How Common Are Highway Accidents in Houston—and Why?

The Houston Chronicle published an article in December of 2019 that examined the results of new efforts to make Houston roads safer. It revealed a response by police to over 600 fatalities up to December’s second-to-last week—a number equal to the year before but less than data obtained for 2016.2

Why do these accidents continue to happen on Houston’s highways? Impaired driving at high speeds was listed as one of the top reasons, as was distracted driving. Lack of communication and cross-participation between engineers, advocacy organizations, and law enforcement was also identified.

Typical Injuries Associated with Highway Crashes

The high speeds involved in highways crashes cause injuries that are both wide-ranging and higher in severity than those sustained in crashes at lower speeds. Commonly reported injuries include:

  • Burns from vehicle fires and airbags
  • Facial impact injury from contact with the steering wheel or dashboard
  • Head trauma
  • Skull and brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Soft tissue injuries

These injuries have resulted in a lower quality of life, lost wages, and additional costs for pharmaceutical, physiotherapy, and other forms of treatment. However, past cases have resulted in compensation with the involvement of car accident personal injury lawyers.

Highway Accidents Remain Highly Preventable

Complete driver awareness without impairment by drugs or alcohol remains among the most effective accident prevention method. Also, several alternatives exist to eliminate driver-impaired crash risk, including ride-sharing and ride-request programs like Uber.

Better driver education, as well as education for establishment owners on the dangers of over-serving adults or serving to teens, can also go a long way toward preventing highway injuries and fatalities.

What to Do After a Car Accident

The first thing to do is to check yourself and your passengers, as well as the other vehicle’s occupants for injuries to and/or pain in the neck or back. These symptoms should prompt a call to first responders for immediate treatment.

Call the police so that an accident report can be filed, and get witness statements and document the scene with photos while you wait. Be careful to discuss facts only, keep your emotions in check, and remain at the scene. Schedule a visit with your doctor even if your symptoms are minor.

Finally, you’ll want to have an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. are tough Texas car accident lawyers with a combined 100 years of trial experience in personal injury law. We have recovered millions for our clients, and we are ready to fight for you. Call 713-364-0723 for your free consultation.


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Jonathan S. Harris and Matthew D. Shaffer are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Other attorneys are not board certified.  Principal office is located in Houston, Texas.