How much insurance you need is typically dependent on the driving conditions of an area. And one of the ways you can determine if it is safe to drive is by analyzing how many wrecks and fatalities happen in the area each year.
In 2020, in the combined Brownsville-Harlingen metro area, there were 12 fatal accidents with a total of 14 people killed. In Brownsville, none of the fatal car accidents involved a drunk driver, although there were five suspected serious crashes in 2020 that involved someone who had been drinking. In Harlingen, two of the fatal accidents involved a drunk driver.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Brownsville-Harlingen?
Fortunately, very few drivers will ever be involved in a fatal car accident. There is a bigger threat to you and your car, though: poor local infrastructure. In 2021, Texas civil engineers gave the state of Texas a C in terms of infrastructure.
So, what is the road and bridge infrastructure like for the area? Historically, the infrastructure has been relatively bad, with some deteriorated roads and bridges that contribute to both wear and tear on your vehicle and occasional traffic backups.
But things are looking up. Brownsville recently proposed a $65 million infrastructure improvement plan. And Harlingen has released a master plan for their port to improve surrounding infrastructure, and the planned port upgrades and renovations should further improve driving conditions.