As reported by the Houston Chronicle earlier this year, Houston has the deadliest roads and drivers of any major metropolitan area in America. It is no secret that Houston’s streets are particularly dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians are significantly more common in Houston than the national average, and we have reported a number of hit-and-run fatalities involving pedestrians in these pages.
As reported earlier this year, over the last 16 years, Houston-area roads kill 640 people a year and injure 2,850 more. In 2017, 21 cyclists and 157 pedestrians were killed in the Houston and Galveston area. With more cyclist and pedestrian fatalities in 2018, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an initiative in May to identify and adjust the 10 most dangerous intersections in Houston for cyclists and pedestrians. Responding to his request for help from the community, LINK Houston, a transportation advocacy group, studied data on accidents involving bikes and pedestrians.
LINK Houston found that, from 2013 to 2017, there were nearly 8,700 incidents in Houston that involved a cyclist or a pedestrian. It also made a list of the 10 most dangerous intersections for cyclists and pedestrians. Many of them will be familiar to readers as major intersections between multi-lane roads. The most dangerous intersections are:
Fannin at Pierce
Ranchester at Bellaire
Westheimer at South Dairy Ashford
Longpoint and Gessner
Westpark Drive and US 59
Old Spanish Trail and 288
Fondren at West Bellfort
Bissonnet at Wilcrest
West at Airline
Bellaire at South Gessner
If you or someone you know has been injured by a car as a pedestrian or cyclist, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-231-9360 or 1-888-229-5094.