The Most Dangerous Roads In Austin
By: Zinda Law Group
According to the TomTom Traffic Index, Austin drivers spent an average of 25% extra travel time in 2018 due to traffic congestion. As time on the road increases, the probability of a traffic accident occurring also increases.
Between 2010 and 2018, there has been a 23% increase in total accidents and a 26% increase in fatal accidents on Austin roads. In an effort to better understand the city, we took a look at the most dangerous roads in Austin for each type of commuter.
INCREASING POPULATION AND INCREASING TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
According to the U.S Census Bureau, the Austin - Round Rock Metropolitan area has seen a 26.3% increase in population between 2010 to 2018, ranking #3 in the Top 10 Growing Metropolitan areas in the United States. Growing at a rate of 55,500 people a year, or 152 a day since 2010, Austin is expected to surpass 1 million residents by 2020.
As the population in Austin rapidly increases, so does the amount of both commuters and traffic, and ultimately, traffic accidents.
Between 2010 and 2018, Austin has seen:
• 32% increase in accidents involving a pedestrian
• 27% increase in accidents on city streets
• 26% increase in fatal traffic accidents
• 23% increase in total traffic accidents
• 21% increase in accidents on US, State, and Interstate Highways
• 8% increase in accidents involving cyclists
WHO USES AUSTIN'S ROADS?
Cars are not the only vehicles Austin residents should expect to share the road with. Commercial trucks and 18 wheelers frequent the expansive highway system surrounding Austin, cyclists make use of the city's extensive bike routes, tourists and Austinites alike can be found scooting downtown any given day, and pedestrians frequently make use of the roads when crossing at intersections and walkways.
For each type of commuter, some roadways are more dangerous than others. For cyclists, highways are typically less dangerous than busy inner-city roads since cyclists are less likely to travel via highway. On the other hand, highways are typically more dangerous for cars and trucks due to higher posted speeds, more lanes of traffic, and a higher density of vehicles.
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