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I-10 one of the nation's most dangerous freeways

Many Texas drivers regularly utilize Interstate 10, which stretches across the state from El Paso to Port Arthur, but motorists may not realize that I-10 is considered one of the country's most dangerous. At a length of 2,460 miles, Interstate 10 runs across eight states, and Texas contains the longest section of 879 miles, or about 35 percent of the interstate's total length. Consequently, the Texas section of I-10 is considered the most deadly stretch of the freeway.

According to a report, more than 1,300 fatal car accidents occurred on I-10 between 2011 and 2015, with 424 recorded in the Lone Star State. The report, released by the business and finance website ValuePenguin, also looked into the primary causes of fatal motor vehicle crashes on the I-10. Impaired driving was a factor in about 25 percent of deadly accidents, and poor lighting conditions were considered the biggest culprit, involved in 35 percent of fatal crashes.

Design flaws may also be a factor, the report indicated. Some outdated sections of I-10 may be too narrow to accommodate larger vehicles, and lane markings may be faded or difficult to distinguish. The report did not differentiate between motorcycle, car or truck accidents that occurred on Interstate 10, which is one of the most traveled U.S. highways and is considered the fourth-deadliest in the nation.

Those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one following a fatal motor vehicle accident may have many questions regarding their right to seek compensation. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, they may want to meet with an attorney to see if the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault motorist would be advisable.

Source: The Press Enterprise, "Why the 10 Freeway ranked fourth deadliest in nation," Neil Nisperos, Oct 17, 2016

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