Motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunately commonplace occurrence in cities with a population of over 800,000, such as Fort Worth. In 2018, there were over 15,000 total crashes, resulting in approximately 400 suspected serious injuries and 100 fatalities.
Nearly half of all motor vehicle accidents occur at intersections. Based on data collected from MedStar 911 calls, Fort Worth Safe Communities Cooperative has rated the five most dangerous intersections in the city. They appear below in no particular order.
- Riverside Drive and East Lancaster Avenue
Dangerous factors at this intersection include dual left-turn lanes and two wide thoroughfares. In 2017, there were 126 motor vehicle accidents there.
- Meacham Boulevard and North Freeway Interstate 35W
Construction projects contributed to the 69 accidents that occurred there in 2017. Even without road construction, it is one of the busiest intersections in Forth Worth. A higher volume of traffic results in a greater risk of accidents.
- East Lancaster Avenue at South Sargent Street
The roads are busy, and pedestrians crossing each are a common sight. Adding to the danger is a bus transfer center. It was necessary to summon ambulances to the scene of an accident at this intersection 70 times over the course of a year in 2017.
- Interstate 20 at McCart Avenue
Traffic at this intersection often just moves too fast, even with five lanes of traffic in each direction. It was the site of 77 accidents in 2017.
- Texas 183 at Texas 360
There were 107 crashes at this intersection in 2017. This is the main corridor along which traffic between Dallas and Fort Worth travels. It is also especially busy due to the traffic from nearby DFW airport, from which it earns the nickname “Airport Freeway.” A bottleneck results when there is construction in the vicinity.
Compared to 2017, there was a slight decrease in the number of fatal crashes statewide in 2018 from more than 3,700 deaths to just over 3,600. This represents a decrease of nearly 2.5%.