As the sun rose on Monday, the sky darkened and the air smelled like a graveyard of decomposing bodies.
It was a strange and unsettling sight.
A new study found that the state’s deadliest highway was 10 times more dangerous than its most recent average.
The report, by researchers at the University of Texas, was based on data from the Texas Department of Transportation.
The state had already surpassed the national average for highway deaths by 5,000 per year since the beginning of 2017.
The latest data, from March 2021, put Texas’ death toll at 9,079, a jump of 17 percent.
“We are at the point where the highway fatalities in Texas are higher than any other state,” said Michael Biesecker, a transportation economist at UT-Austin who led the research.
Texas is no stranger to traffic accidents.
The Lone Star State was hit hard by the devastating 2010 wildfire that destroyed more than 700 homes and left the state with nearly 1,500 miles of Interstate 35.
That disaster devastated the state economy and brought many jobs to the city, which has long been a bastion of business and industry.
But the number of fatalities on the state highway has been on the rise in recent years, and the latest data shows a sharp increase in fatalities.
According to the state, about 4,500 of the deaths were attributed to traffic.
That number is more than twice as many as the year before.
It’s also more than double the average for other major U.S. states.
For example, the year 2000 had about 1,000 highway deaths.
This year, the number is almost twice as high, at about 9,000.
The number of deaths on the Interstate 35 corridor is also growing.
The Texas Department is forecasting that the interstate could see more than 12,000 deaths by 2021.
The new research by Bieseecker and a team of other researchers was published Monday in the journal Transportation Research Part A: Transportation and Environment.
The researchers looked at fatal accidents, vehicle deaths, traffic fatalities, and traffic injuries, all of which are calculated by measuring the number and severity of accidents and injuries that occur along the corridor.
The study showed that Texas has the most dangerous highway in the country, with the average highway fatality rate of 17.5 per 100,000 people.
The national average was 9.4 per 100 of people.
Bieserck said the new data is alarming.
“This study suggests that the number one risk factor for death on Texas’s highways is the number, the severity, and frequency of accidents on them,” he said.
“That is a new trend in our state and one that is concerning.
That is why we need to be working on improving our safety.”
In fact, Biesinger and his colleagues also found that while Texas has an accident rate that is far below the national norm, it is one of the safest states in the nation for motorcyclists.
The authors found that Texas had the highest rate of fatalities among states with a population over 100, 000.
They also found the state has a much higher accident rate than the national averages.
Biezer said his research shows that Texas’ highway safety problems can be attributed to a number of factors.
For one thing, the state is a rural state, with just one of nine counties having more than one highway.
In addition, Bieering said, accidents are very often preventable.
Bikes, he said, are more dangerous because they are heavier than vehicles, with a driver behind the wheel.
And they are usually traveling in very fast traffic, which makes it much more difficult to spot the vehicle ahead of them.
Texas also has more accidents involving people than other states, according to the researchers.
They found that between 2009 and 2021, there were almost 6,500 motor vehicle accidents involving more than 10 people, an average of one every 30 minutes.
In contrast, there have been just 2,000 motor vehicle deaths during that time.
That’s an average rate of two every 24 minutes, Biering said.
Biederck pointed out that accidents do not always result in deaths.
Bikers can avoid a collision by using the “safety lane,” which allows motorists to safely pass each other and take turns.
That safety lane can also help prevent other motorcyclist deaths, Biedecker said.
It can also slow a motorcycler down so that it does not hit a pedestrian, a person riding a bicycle or a truck.
The findings underscore the importance of better planning, said Biesen.
“When we think about how our communities are planning for our roads and our infrastructure, we should be focusing on what works,” he told CBS News.
“It’s not the best solution.
We should be thinking about how to get better traffic flow and make sure that people are able to access our roads safely.”
Bieseder and the researchers are hopeful that more data from data collection will