Studies have shown throughout the years that certain areas of Austin, Texas
are more likely to see a
car accident than the next. City councilmembers have proposed improvements be made
to these dangerous areas, but it is unclear when or if those will be made.
The most dangerous intersections in Austin, according to several reports, are:
- West Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road
- Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane
- Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane
- U.S. 183 Service Road and Cameron Road
- I-35 Southbound Service Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
All five of the top five most dangerous intersections are close to Interstate-35,
which might be indicative of the source of the problem. As drivers get
on or off the freeway, they might go into an “autopilot” mode,
in which they allow themselves to zone out or become
distracted. Some might even start to
text and drive after getting off the freeway, ironically feeling safer on the familiar
streets while simultaneously creating a hazard for themselves and other
motorists around them.
While revisions to the intersections would certainly help, like adding
protective medians and adjusting the preexisting lanes, the responsibility
of safe driving starts and ends with every single driver in Austin. Please
do not allow yourself to be distracted while driving, and certainly never
drink and drive. If you see someone driving haphazardly, try to remember the plate number
and description of the vehicle, pull over to safe, out-of-the-way location,
and dial the sheriff’s office or 911 to report them.
If you are hurt by a negligent driver, you can let The Stewart Law Firm,
PLLC and our Austin car accident attorneys know during a
free consultation. We are proud members of the communities of Austin and will do everything
in our power to secure the fair and maximized compensation you deserve. Call
512.271.5112 to connect with a legal team backed by decades of experience – we
even accept calls 24/7 for emergencies, since we know no one plans on
getting into an accident.