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Houston, TX is a big city that just keeps getting bigger. This means that the time it takes to get from one area in Houston to another area is getting longer and longer. As a result, people are spending more time in their cars.

It’s now estimated that drivers in Houston spend an average of 75 hours each year sitting in traffic delays.

The more cars on the road, the more car accidents occur

Here at Stewart J Guss Injury Accident Lawyers, we created this Houston car accident map to highlight the traffic accident hotspots you should try to avoid.

When will Houston traffic improve?

Not anytime soon!

The congestion level just keeps rising. In 2019, highways and interstates had a congestion rate of 23% while non-highway roads had a rate of 25%.

Rush hour times are up to. Morning rush hour congestion is around 43%, but in the evenings, it can be as high as 60%.

The worst time to be driving is 4.40 pm on a Thursday but driving after 6.00 pm will save you 5 hours per year for each 30-minute commute.

Accidents in Houston

Even though the city has spent time and money introducing initiatives to lower vehicle injuries and deaths, the numbers continue to rise. 

Law enforcement officials are trying to lower the death rate by proposing statewide hands-free laws, lowering speed limits, and improving or updating many street signs. Despite this, Houston remains one of the most dangerous places to drive in the U.S.

How to drive safely in Houston

To ensure you are driving safely, follow these suggestions: 

  • Don’t drive at peak times – travel, before 6 am and after 6 pm, is safer than during rush hour. Avoid driving at 4:30 pm on Thursdays, since that is when most accidents occur in Houston.

  • Do not use your cell phone - texting and driving are illegal throughout the state of Texas. Cell phone use is the major cause of driver distraction, one of the leading causes of car accidents.

  • Wear your seatbelt - again, it’s illegal in Texas to be unbuckled in a vehicle. If you do have an accident, seatbelts are known to save lives and reduce injuries

  • Don’t speed - speed limits indicate the safe driving speed. Your chances of an accident increase significantly when you exceed the speed limits

  • Don’t tailgate – following too close is a recipe for disaster. Keep at least one car length behind the car in front.

If you do have a minor accident, check to make sure there are no major injuries. Then move your car to the side of the road and encourage other drivers to do the same if they can. This keeps the road clear for other drivers to pass by safely.

You do not have to call Police if:

  • No one is injured

  • All vehicles involved are drivable with minor damage

  • All drivers have driver's licenses and proof of insurance

  • Drivers are cordial and there is no disturbance

  • Drivers are not intoxicated (drugs or alcohol)

  • No government people or property is involved.

For more serious accidents, don’t wait to call the police. Make 9-1-1 your first call. Follow the instructions of the operator while you wait for emergency services to arrive.  

Once you’ve received medical care, and have bills in hand, be sure to contact us at Stewart J. Guss Injury Accident Lawyers for your free consultation.

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