There are collisions on the roads in Texas every day that range from minor fender benders to life-altering wrecks. Many of these collisions occur at intersections. This is because, ultimately, places where vehicles have to approach and cross paths with one another are higher risk than places where they drive next to one another or have a barrier separating lanes of traffic.
Technically, collisions can and do occur at just about any intersection, but some locations are more dangerous than others. The speed of traffic, the visibility of approaching vehicles and even the number of drivers passing through can influence the degree of collision risk at any particular intersection.
What intersections in the New Braunfels area tend to experience the highest rates of collisions?
New Braunfels is one of the most dangerous areas for drivers
According to a nationwide analysis by Smart Growth America, the San Antonio/New Braunfels area is one of the most dangerous metropolitan areas in the country concerning pedestrian crashes specifically. The area also experiences a relatively high number of motor vehicle crashes, many of which take place at busy intersections.
I-35 at Walnut Avenue has seen a large number of major collisions, some of which shut down the highway. Many of the intersections near Loop 337 also see higher rates of major crashes. The intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 306 and Creekside Crossing remains a dangerous location, despite the installation of a new system to prevent left-turn crashes. Any intersections with many vehicles passing through are risky places, especially for those who need to turn left.
Some of the deadliest intersections around New Braunfels and Comal County are actually in the rural areas around the metropolitan area. People driving at higher speeds and an expectation of lower traffic, especially at night, can contribute toward the overall level of risk at rural intersections.
Although drivers typically cannot avoid every intersection with a higher-than-average crash rate, it is still possible to minimize how often they drive through certain high-risk areas. Knowing what intersections are the riskiest and being a bit more cautious in those areas could go a long way toward reducing someone’s risk of causing or experiencing a major wreck.