Although driving Cameron County’s roads should be safe, it’s anything but. In fact, from 2018 to 2022, Brownsville alone saw more than 19,000 accidents. And these wrecks leave unsuspecting individuals with serious injuries that completely reshape their lives. The toll taken by them is extensive, too, ranging from permanent disability to traumatic brain injury and mental and emotional traumatization.
That’s enough to scare anyone. But where do these devastating accidents occur in Cameron County? That’s what we want to look at this week on the blog as we analyze the most dangerous roads in our area. By doing so, you’ll hopefully know where you need to exercise extra precaution.
Cameron County’s most dangerous roads
There are a lot of high-risk roads in our county, but some are more dangerous than others. Let’s look at some of the most treacherous:
- Interstate 69E: This stretch of road, reaching from the Mexico border and across Cameron County has more than its fair share of accidents. Here, as with many roadways in the county, motorists are often distracted as they try to navigate traffic patterns.
- Interstate 169: This bypass carries faster traffic and results in bottlenecks where it meets up with I-69E. This quick change in speeds results in several collisions. Drivers are also distracted by traffic signs and their personal electronic devices.
- Boca Chica Boulevard: This highway, running east from Brownsville to the Gulf, usually carries high traffic volume. Stop and go traffic along with speed has resulted in several accidents here, including fatal ones.
- Farm to Market Road 803: This straight stretch of road invites driving too fast. Given the smaller size of the road compared to a highway or Interstate, a minor driving error can be exacerbated by speed. This can and has resulted in catastrophic accidents.
- Farm to Market Road 511: This road serves as a bypass around the southern part of Brownsville. There can be a lot of traffic and distraction here, increasing the risk of a serious wreck.
- International Boulevard: Many drivers find themselves on this road after crossing the Gateway International Bridge coming from Mexico. This stretch of road is especially dangerous where it intersects with I-69E, where influx of traffic makes an accident more likely. Drivers can struggle to navigate traffic patterns here, too, and construction can make navigating this area even more difficult.
There are several other dangerous roads in Cameron County. Are there any particularly risky streets or intersections that you think we’ve missed? If so, let us know.
What can you do to protect yourself?
When navigating Cameron County’s dangerous roads, engage in defensive driving. Be aware of your surroundings, stay at or below the speed limit, and maintain a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Always have an exit strategy when you’re surrounding by other vehicles, too. While these tips will hopefully keep you safe, you should explore other safety measures that you can implement to protect yourself from a devastating car accident.
What if you’ve been injured in a car accident?
If you’ve already been injured in a car accident in Cameron County, then you need to consider taking legal action. Doing so may be the only way to find accountability and recover the compensation you deserve.
Although a personal injury case could give you the resources you need to advance your recovery, your case has to be well developed if you hope to secure the outcome you want. With that in mind, you should get to work now building your case. Gather physical evidence, talk to witnesses, and secure expert testimony that can help strengthen your arguments. Hopefully then you’ll persuade a judge or jury to side with you and award you what you deserve.