Earlier this month two people were killed after their vehicle stalled on Highway 290 in Houston, Texas. The highway is under construction in that area, and a man involved in the fatal crash claims that the deaths were caused by confusing traffic patterns that have been created by the area’s construction zone.
What happened was that a vehicle with a driver and two passengers stalled out on Highway 290. Because of construction, there was no shoulder on that section of the road. An 18-wheeler slammed into the stalled vehicle, killing two people inside the car in the fiery crash. The man who survived has raised the question about traffic in the area being too confusing.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), an increase in accidents in that construction zone has not occurred. Statistics do show that construction zones are dangerous places where many fatal crashes occur.
TxDOT revealed the following 2014 statistics on fatal auto accidents:
- About one death occurred in an auto crash in Texas every 2 hours 29 minutes; in other words, 3,534 people were killed in traffic accidents last year.
- About 55.86% of recorded traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas, or 1,974 deaths.
- Approximately 237,941 people in Texas were injured in auto accidents last year.
- About 17,152 people who suffered injuries in traffic accidents in Texas sustained incapacitating injuries.
- A reportable crash occurs every 66 seconds, according to TxDOT estimates.
The following statistics apply to work zones and 2014 traffic accidents that occur in work zones:
- At any given time in Texas, there are more than 2,500 active construction work zones. Drivers can expect to see roadside workers and construction vehicles just about anywhere they travel.
- There were 19,393 roadway construction and roadway maintenance zone collisions last year.
- There are two leading factors contributing to work zone crashes, those being failure to control speed and driver inattention.
- There were 146 fatalities in Texas work zones last year and 670 serious injuries.
- About 87% of the fatalities in work zones were motorists traveling through.
- About 40% of fatal work zone collisions involved impaired drivers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Read this continuing series to learn more about the dangers of speeding, driver inattention, and drunk driving.