How Do Dallas-Area Drivers Stack Up Against Drivers Across the Country?
The Lewisville/Fort Worth area is one of the ten most populated cities in the entire country, which means that more drivers are out sharing the roads than ever before. And as it turns out, that fact is making the Dallas–Fort Worth area one of the most dangerous in the country.
Everything Is Bigger in Texas, Including Danger
Texas in general is a very dangerous state to drive in. In 2014 it was ranked as the most dangerous for fatal car accidents, with over 3,500 that year alone. Recently, Lewisville/Fort Worth has been ranked as one of the three most dangerous cities to drive in the U.S. while Houston and San Antonio came in at numbers 5 and 7, respectively.
When it comes to Fort Worth specifically, Allstate agrees that it’s dangerous. In the 2016 America’s Best Drivers Report, it ranked Fort Worth 144 out of 200. While that’s up from the rank of 153 in 2015, there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
According to the same Allstate report, Dallas is becoming more dangerous for drivers instead of less so. While Dallas ranked 177 out of 200 in 2015, they’ve fallen to being the 180th safest city in 2016. Some say this is due to the fact that the city’s infrastructure simply can’t keep up with the congestion that continues to clog the roads.
How to Be Safer on Texas Roads
With more stretch of highway than any other state in the nation, Texas also has more car accidents. While there is risk any time you get behind the wheel, there are certain things you can do to keep yourself safe.
Always obey speed limits, even if they go against “the flow of traffic.” This can be difficult on some Dallas highways, where drivers tend to go very fast, but it’s important. Also, always give other drivers lots of room and never drive while texting or with other distractions, such as very loud music.
With the amount of highways in Dallas and Fort Worth, and the number of people in the area with more arriving every day, it’s easy to see why there are so many car accidents. But that doesn’t make dealing with injuries any easier.
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