The roads of Dallas and Fort Worth are typically jam-packed. Is it really that dangerous to drive in, though?
According to the 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Texas Department of Transportation, Dallas was named the most dangerous city for driving in Texas. Fort Worth was ranked number 4. Dallas was also given the fifth highest spot for fatal traffic crashes among the biggest cities in the U.S.
While DFW as a whole ranks very high in dangerous driving, that may not apply to the entire metro area. Allen, a suburb of Dallas, was ranked the safest driving city in Texas.
Now, where are the most hazardous roads in Texas’ top accident cities? Here are the most recent rankings from 2017.
- Riverside Dr. and East Lancaster Ave had 126 accidents.
- Texas 183 at Texas 360 had 107 crashes, likely due to the busy traffic on the freeway going to and from Dallas and DFW Airport.
- Interstate 20 at McCart Ave had 77 accidents.
- East Lancaster Ave at South Sargent St had. 70 ambulance calls, possibly because of the bus transfer and pedestrian crossing spots.
- Interstate 35W North at Meacham Blvd had 69 crashes.
In recent years, some of these roads have undergone construction to make them safer. The intersection of I35W and Meacham Blvd received a reconstruction worth over $1 billion. There was construction on 183 spanning several miles.
Has that construction solved anything? That would depend on the cause of the hazards. In reality, it’s likely a concoction of dangerous road layouts, pedestrians and reckless driving.