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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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%.
Proper fit is essential for car seats
Most parents are aware of the research that shows car seats save lives. Texas has a law that
mandates the use of car seats or booster seats for children age 8 and under. However, having a car
seat and using it is not enough to provide the security your child needs in a crash. You must learn
how to properly install the car seat for it to be effective.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that proper installation means
ensuring that the seat is snuggly fastened in the vehicle and that your child is securely fastened
into the seat. Correct installation and fit will help ensure that the car seat can do its job and
protect your child in the event of a car accident.
Fastening your child
When putting your child into the car seat, you need to be sure the harness is in the correct
position. You will need to adjust this as your child grows. The ideal spot is right at the height of
your child’s shoulders. However, if the slots for the harness do not match the height of your
child’s shoulders, you should use the lower slot in forward-facing seats and the higher slot for
Make sure straps all lie flat without any twisting or bunching. The chest clip should rest at the
armpit level against the chest. Always tighten the straps to ensure they are snug.
Securing in the vehicle
When installing the seat in your vehicle, make sure you use either the anchor or a seat belt.
Always read the manufacturer’s instructions on installation. If the seat has a leveling device,
ensure that it is level when adjusting the angle of the seat. If you use a seat belt to secure the seat,
make sure it is tight. The seat should not move from side to side or front to back more than
slightly when strapped into your vehicle.