How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Houston?
Houston was higher in accident fatalities than other cities and towns in Texas. They were number one in 2019, with 240 deaths due to traffic accidents. Dallas came in at number two, having 185 fatalities.
2019 Houston statistics show that over 28% of the fatalities were due to driving while intoxicated (67 people), with at least one driver having an alcohol level beyond allowable limits. Many fatalities across the state of Texas might have been prevented if drivers and passengers wore their seatbelts. 2019 statewide statistics list 42.42% of accident fatalities caused by individuals not wearing seat restraints.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Houston?
Within the city limits, the Houston Department of Public Works maintains the roads and highways. They take care of repairing potholes and positioning signage. In addition, they stay on top of the more extensive projects, such as resurfacing roadways, repairing bridges, installing guardrails, replacing streetlights, and more.
A 2021 report, generated by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), gave Texas an overall grade of C on their infrastructure, an average rating. Bridges fared better, with a grade of B-. However, Texas roads overall received a poor rating of D+.
ASCE Ratings don’t always reflect that the department is doing a poor job in maintaining its infrastructures. Given Texas’s population, the organization notes that city streets, highways, and bridges will see significant use and wear. State and city agencies use these ratings to help direct the limited resources they have toward the more critical infrastructure projects.