There are few driving behaviors more dangerous than running through a red-light
at a stopped intersection. Many
car accidents caused by a motorist trying to cut through an intersection against the
light are either head-on crashes with opposing traffic or devastating
T-Bone accidents. In either scenario, the chances of someone suffering
catastrophic or fatal injuries is high.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) was interested in seeing
which cities in the country fared the worst when it came to negligent
drivers blasting through red-lights. By using data collected from safety
organizations and police records, and even information used by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they hoped to pinpoint extremely
dangerous intersections and bring them to the attention of the public
and local governments.
Unfortunately for anyone living in Texas, the list of the top 10 most dangerous
cities is not good news. Peaking at the top of the list is Houston, and
Dallas is sitting at “unlucky” number 7. Between the years
2004 and 2013, there were a reported 181 fatalities at intersections in
Houston caused by someone running a red-light; this number does not even
include all car accident fatalities within the city limits.
Hopefully the NCSR’s awareness campaigns will help reduce dangerous
driving within the country, especially in Texas. In the meantime, as always,
drive responsibly and defensively. Do not speed, drink and drive, or text
and drive. And if you have been hit by a driver, you can let our Midland
car accident attorney from Dean Law Firm know in a
free case evaluation. There may be a chance for you to win compensation from the liable party,
especially if it can be shown that they ran a red. Call
(432) 214-8125 for more information.