With nearly 400,000 miles of roads throughout the state, it should come as no surprise that car accidents and the risks of serious injury and death associated with them are commonplace throughout all of Texas. All of the state’s 16 interstate highways and 45 U.S. highways are potentially dangerous, depending on location, traffic, and unique circumstances like driving conditions. But the roadways that drivers should most be concerned about are the ones they drive every day to get to work, school, and social activities.
For residents of Starr County, the most dangerous road in the county is also the largest and most frequently used — U.S. Highway 83.
U.S. Highway 83
Highway 83, the major roadway in Starr County, extends through McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley. As a large highway that routinely makes it onto lists of the most dangerous roads in the United States, it no doubt poses a risk to Starr County residents.
According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 202 people died on U.S. Highway 83 between 2010 and 2016. And if those statistics aren’t concerning enough, the majority of the 164 crashes that caused those fatalities occurred in the stretch of the highway that runs through Starr County.
This is likely due to the high traffic in the area as well as the many large commercial vehicles that frequent the highway. Tanker trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles are especially dangerous for residents, as their size and weight can result in crashes that can cause severe injury or even death.
Unfortunately, the statistics are not getting better with time. According to data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, there were nearly 800 crashes in Starr County in 2019. These crashes led to nearly 300 possible injuries, over 30 serious injuries, and 4 fatalities. This means that Starr County residents cannot take the risk of daily driving on U.S. Highway 83 or other roads throughout the county lightly.
To best protect themselves, drivers must stay alert, be aware, and use caution when driving on Starr County’s congested and busy Highway 83 and many farm-to-market roadways. And in the event that residents become victims of a car accident, it’s essential to seek legal representation that understands the area as well as the ins and outs of personal injury and traffic accident law.
The Lopez Law Group — Helping People Affected by Starr County Accidents
As residents of the Rio Grande Valley ourselves, our team at The Lopez Law Group is committed to being there for victims throughout the South Texas region, including Starr County. Our Texas car accident lawyers not only have handled thousands of cases throughout the area but also understand the unique needs of South Texas residents. To cater to the region’s diverse population, we offer services in both English and Spanish.
It is our personal and local approach that separates us from other Starr County personal injury lawyers and car accident attorneys. With decades of combined experience, our team is experienced in helping victims and their families navigate the difficult aftermath of car accidents with confidence. When it comes to recovering from the serious injuries and suffering that come from dangerous accidents such as those with large commercial vehicles, victims need reassurance that they will receive the support, compassion, and financial compensation they deserve.
The Lopez Law Group offers a free, no-obligation consultation so that they can understand their legal rights and options before beginning the legal process. Our Starr County, TX, car accident attorneys are proud to serve Rio Grande City, McAllen, Pharr, Weslaco, Mission, Laredo, Edinburg, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Harlingen, Houston, Tyler, Spring, and other locations throughout the state.
Contact us online or call (956) 968-7800 to schedule your free case consultation.