Austin’s Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections

Austin's Most Dangerous Roads and IntersectionsFollowing a car accident in Austin, TX, you may consider settling a personal injury claim without a lawyer. However, accepting a settlement without having an attorney review it, may lead to far lower compensation than you are entitled to.

If an accident occurred at a dangerous intersection, or on a stretch of roadway known to be especially dangerous, having an experienced lawyer can be even more valuable. An Austin car accident attorney knowledgeable in roadway defect personal injury lawsuits can evaluate all possible liable parties, including government agencies responsible for road construction and maintenance.

Make Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP your first call after an accident on one of Austin’s most dangerous roads or intersections. We’ll put our decades of experience to work for you. Your first consultation is always free.

How Our Austin Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Following a Car Accident

car accidentIf you were injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver or a dangerous road condition, an Austin personal injury law firm can help you negotiate a fair settlement. At Lorenz & Lorenz, we’ve seen firsthand how it just takes seconds for an accident to cause serious injury or a loved one’s death. Injuries like broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries involve extensive pain and suffering, long recoveries, and in some cases, permanent disability.

When you’re hurt in a car accident, the financial compensation you receive from the insurance company can provide much-needed compensation for as long as your injuries occur. This compensation can be substantial, but it is not automatic.

The lawyer you choose to represent you can mean the difference between a low settlement and a maximum settlement, alleviating the financial consequences of expensive medical bills and being unable to work. An attorney with a history of successful case results will know what to do and what not to do to maximize the value of your personal injury claim.

Locations of Recent Car Accidents in Austin

Car of road accidentIn 2015 and 2016, Austin was the fastest-growing large city in the United States. With more people living and working in the city, there has been increased activity on the roads. Crashes involving cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcyclists, and pedestrians occur every day in Austin and Travis County.

For Austin, pedestrian accidents, in particular, have been a huge problem, with 2 of every 5 deaths on Austin roads involving a pedestrian. There were 36 pedestrian deaths in 2019, up from 31 pedestrian deaths in 2018.

In 2020, according to the Austin Police Department, fatal motor vehicle accidents were reported at the following locations in Austin:

  • Bluff Springs Rd.
  • Collinfield Dr.
  • Dessau Road
  • E. Ben White Blvd. EB Service Road
  • E. Ben White Service Road WB
  • E. Parmer Lane
  • E. Rundberg Lane
  • E. SH 71 WB Service Road / S. SH 130 Svrd NB
  • E. Stassney Ln.
  • East Grady Drive
  • East Rundberg Ln.
  • FM 2222
  • FM 620
  • FM 969
  • FM 969
  • Ferguson Lane and Cameron Rd.
  • Hwy 71 WB
  • Jamestown Dr.
  • Lake Creek Parkway
  • Menchaca Rd.
  • N. IH-35 NB
  • N. IH-35 SB
  • N. IH-35 SB Service Road
  • N. Lamar Boulevard
  • North Mopac NB Service Road
  • Old Bastrop Hwy
  • Pond Springs Road
  • Research Boulevard NB
  • Research Boulevard SB
  • S 1st St.
  • S. FM 973
  • S. IH 35 NB
  • S. Lamar Blvd.
  • S. Mopac Expy
  • W. Howard Lane

The Austin Police Department provides press releases on fatal accidents in Austin. If more information is needed about prior accidents at a location in Austin, we can submit an information request to the public records center.

Car Accidents on Dangerous Roads and Intersections Can be Devastating

motorcycle accidentCar accidents are life-changing events. Along with causing devastating injuries and deaths, they are the leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Each year, there are an estimated six million motor vehicle accidents in the United States, resulting in 2.5 million injuries and more than 35,000 deaths.

Many of these accidents are completely preventable.

Common causes of injury and fatal accidents on Austin roads include:

Given the fact that intersections are inherently complicated to navigate, it’s critical for drivers to exercise more caution when passing through. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that this simply doesn’t happen as often as it should.

Proposition G: Much Needed Funding for Known Safety Issues on Austin Roads

Many cities have safety issues on streets and roads, and Texas’ capital city is no exception. In 2018, Austin passed Proposition G, which funneled $160 million to address problems and issues with Austin’s transportation infrastructure. The passing of this bill was significant, as it publicly acknowledged the city’s dire need for:

  • Street and sidewalk reconstruction and rehabilitation
  • Bridge and structure rehabilitation and replacement
  • Traffic signal upgrades
  • Pedestrian safety improvements
  • Intersection safety projects.

Proposition G included $66.5 million for rehabilitating streets, $50 million for bridge rehabilitation, $20 million for sidewalk rehabilitation, and $15 million for Vision Zero.

Austin’s Vision Zero and High-Injury Network (HIN)

car accidentIn the last decade, Austin has experienced a surge in traffic injuries and fatalities. In 2015, following in the footsteps of other states and cities, Austin’s City Council adopted Vision Zero as a policy to collaboratively improve safety for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, and reduce injuries and deaths as much as possible. According to Austintexas.gov, an Austinite is seriously injured in a crash every 20 hours and killed in a crash every five days.

Vision Zero is a data-driven approach that treats accidents as a public health issue. Part of the initiative included the development of a High-Injury Network (HIN) which identifies streets in Austin with high numbers of serious injury and fatal crashes. By identifying these locations, engineering, awareness/education, and enforcement interventions can be coordinated.

Austin Transportation’s Officially Identified High-Injury Roadways

The Vision Zero program has identified 13 sections of road, identified as high-injury roadways, where more than 350 Austinites have been seriously injured or killed in the last five years.

  • Airport Blvd. (Manor Rd. to Springdale)
  • Burnet Rd. (US 183 to MoPac)
  • Cameron Rd. (E St. Johns Ave. to Rundberg Ln.)
  • East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Airport Blvd to Johnny Morris Rd.)
  • North Lamar Blvd. (Koenig Ln. to US 183)
  • North Lamar Blvd. (US 183 to Braker Ln.)
  • Parmer Ln. (Metric Blvd. to Dessau Rd.)
  • Riverside Dr. (Lakeshore Blvd. to Montopolis Dr.)
  • Slaughter Ln. (Menchaca Rd. to IH-35)
  • South Congress Ave. (Ben White Blvd. to William Cannon Dr.)
  • South First St. (Stassney Ln. to Slaughter Ln.)
  • South Pleasant Valley Rd. (Cesar Chavez St. to Oltorf St.)
  • William Cannon Dr. (Menchaca Rd. to Elm Creek Dr.).

The city of Austin is making improvements to these high-injury roadways based on observed crash patterns. These improvements include:

  • Additional or new roadway signage
  • Additional pedestrian crossing opportunities
  • Improved street lighting
  • New pedestrian hybrid beacons
  • Refreshed roadway markings and crosswalks
  • Relocating bus stops
  • Street design changes including lane conversions
  • Traffic signal improvements, such as adjusted cycle timing, new retroreflective backplates, new or expanded protected left turns, and new leading pedestrian intervals.

If you have been injured in an accident on a road known to be dangerous, reach out to our firm to discuss your accident and who may be liable.

Accidents Caused by Dangerous Road Conditions

Car accidentIf bad design, poor maintenance, or failure to correct a known dangerous condition caused or contributed to an accident, you may have a claim against the agency responsible for designing or maintaining it. Examples of dangerous road conditions and road defects include:

  • Absence of a guardrail or failure to install a guardrail
  • Defectively designed guardrails
  • Faded centerlines and missing reflective markers
  • Failure to install traffic lights
  • Improper banking of curves
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inadequate shoulders (too small or drops off too steeply)
  • Inadequate sight distance / limited forward visibility
  • Insufficient warning signs
  • Overhanging trees and vegetation reducing visibility
  • Pavement edge drop off
  • Poles and objects next to roads
  • Insufficient drainage and pooled standing water on the freeway
  • Poorly designed merge lanes
  • Unsafe bus stops
  • Unsafe pedestrian crossings
  • Untreated potholes.

Over the years, we have handled a number of car accident, personal injury, and wrongful death claims where public entities are liable for accidents on dangerous roads. If you were injured on a roadway known to be a location of frequent accidents, it’s critical to contact an attorney who can arrange an inspection of the roadway.

Roadway design and maintenance accident cases are vigorously defended and subject to close scrutiny. Roadway design experts may be needed to analyze an accident and provide testimony that a dangerous condition caused or contributed to an accident.

It is common for dangerous conditions to be repaired or covered up immediately following a crash, so preservation of evidence is critical. After an accident, do not waste any time in contacting a lawyer. Even if you were partially responsible for a crash, you may still have a valid claim for compensation.

Get Help If You’ve Been Involved in an Accident on Austin’s Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections

At Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP, our seasoned Austin car accident lawyers have been helping people get the compensation they deserve for car accident injuries since 2001. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help you hold negligent parties accountable and protect your rights, whether negotiating a settlement or taking a case to trial.

Our Austin personal injury law firm has the resources to take on big insurance companies, large corporations, and government agencies. Contact us today at 1-800-TELL-TED for a free consultation to get an experience-based opinion of your legal rights. Under our contingency fee agreement, we will not charge any fees unless we recover money for you.