Research shows that car accidents cluster on certain roads and intersections. These crash patterns form for many reasons, including road design, vehicle congestion, and traffic policies like speed limits. These factors interact with driver behaviors to increase the risk of crashes in particular spots.
The location of your crash can help explain what happened and who bears liability for your injuries. Contact a lawyer from The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd can help you after an accident on the most dangerous roads/intersections in Galveston, TX.
To schedule a free initial consultation, you can call (409)-207-9299, our experienced Galveston personal injury lawyers, to learn more.
How The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd Can Help After a Car Accident in Galveston, TX
The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd has assisted injured people in Galveston, Texas, since 2000.
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If you get injured in a Galveston traffic accident, our attorneys can provide the following:
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Car accidents can happen anywhere in Galveston — and for any reason. Contact The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd to discuss your car crash and how we can help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries.
Why Do Crash Hotspots Form?
According to a query on the Texas Department of Transportation’s Crash Records Information System (CRIS), there were 1,793 traffic accidents in Galveston in 2022. Of these crashes, 980, roughly 55%, happened at intersections, and 69 happened in private driveways and parking lots. The remaining 744 occurred on roads and highways between intersections.
If motor vehicle crashes were truly accidental, you would find them scattered randomly across Galveston. Instead, a crash map from CRIS shows that these crashes clustered on a few roads and intersections.
About 94% of crashes result from driver errors. Crash clusters form when geographic features and environmental conditions amplify dangerous driver behaviors.
Some examples include:
- View Obstructions: Increase the risk of crashes due to improper surveillance
- Fast Speed Limits: Raise the risk of speeding crashes
- Crowded Roads: Lead to tailgating and distracted driving collisions
- Lack of Safe Crossings: Increases the number of pedestrian accidents
- Poorly Designed Intersections: Confuse drivers about who has the right of way
Once they know where crashes happen, road designers can redesign the roads or install traffic signals, and police officers can focus enforcement activities in these dangerous locations. In addition, traffic engineers should consider adjusting the speed limits and traffic light timing.
Crash Clusters in Galveston, TX
Traffic accidents can take many forms.
Crashes in Galveston in 2022 included:
- 1,398 multi-vehicle collisions
- 31 collisions between vehicles and pedestrians
- 28 collisions between vehicles and bicycles
The remaining 336 traffic accidents involved a single vehicle that ran off the road, rolled over, or collided with a fixed object. Focusing on the locations of multi-vehicle crashes, some of the most dangerous locations in Galveston included the following.
Dangerous Roads in Galveston, TX
Road crashes typically occur as rear-end or sideswipe crashes. Head-on collisions, by contrast, are relatively rare. Distracted driving causes most of these collisions. Traffic crashes also result from tailgating, speeding, and changing lanes carelessly. The liability for these crashes falls on the driver who maneuvered into the other vehicle.
Sideswipe collisions typically cause property damage and minor injuries. Rear-end crashes cause much more severe injuries, such as whiplash, concussions, and seat belt injuries.
Some crash hotspots in Galveston for multi-vehicle collisions include:
- 61st St.
- Avenue Q between 49th St. and 57th St.
- Avenue P east of 55th St.
- Avenue O east of 51st St.
- TX-87/Broadway St.
Road crashes can also involve collisions between vehicles and bicycles. Bicycle accidents happen when drivers crowd cyclists or drift onto the shoulder. In 2022, bicycle crashes clustered on Broadway St. and Seawall Blvd. Neither road has a bicycle lane.
Dangerous Intersections in Galveston, TX
Intersection crashes happen when a driver fails to yield the right of way and enters an intersection out of turn. This can occur when a driver disobeys a traffic light or stop sign. They can also result from improper turns across or into oncoming traffic.
Intersection accidents often involve side-impact collisions. These crashes can cause crushing injuries when the impact makes the door collapse inward.
Crash hotspots for intersection accidents in 2022 included:
- Avenue U and 53rd St.
- Jones Dr. and 69th St.
- Harborside Dr. and 33rd St.
- Seawall Blvd. and Holiday Dr.
Pedestrian accidents also tend to happen at intersections when drivers fail to yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Intersections on Broadway St. and Seawall Blvd. were particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Two additional hotspots for pedestrian collisions are 61st St. at Avenue P 1/2 and Central City Blvd.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Galveston Car Accident Attorneys To Discuss Your Case
A car accident can lead to painful and disabling crash injuries. Contact our lawyers at The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd for a free consultation, you can call (409)-207-9299 to discuss your rights under Texas law and the compensation you can seek for your injuries.