We drive deadly fast and deadly drunk. We change lanes without signaling, run red lights and ignore stop signs.And each year, more than 500 of us die in fatal car crashes.
are the troubling facts about the split-second mistakes that kill and maim — and where they happen.
In Harris County, where nearly 4 million of us live, more than 83 million miles are traveled daily over state highways. Add 1.6 million people from the surrounding eight counties and the Houston area is one of the biggest traffic centers in the nation.
To get a sense of where traffic fatalities happen and why, the Houston Chronicle plotted three years of crash data for the Houston area from the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).