Based on data from Houston TranStar, which oversees traffic management in the region and distributes congestion data online, there likely will be more truck accidents in the city by year’s end than in any other year.
With three months of the calendar year to go, 2014 is projected to easily surpass the 2013 total of 581 heavy truck accidents along Houston freeways. As of Friday, 528 had been recorded.
For months, officials have said the robust economy is putting more trucks on the road. The problem has surfaced in rural areas where energy exploration is leading to explosive growth, but also in urban areas like Houston where more people are living, more stores are opening and more goods are coming into ports.
Freeways are teeming with trucks hauling goods into and out of the area, and some spots along Interstate 45 and U.S. 59, for instance, are seeing an average of 17,000 or more trucks daily.