Three intersections in El Paso among the most dangerous in Texas

Intersections on Joe Battle among the most dangerous in Texas.

Three of Texas’s most dangerous intersections are right here in El Paso.

The Law Offices of Brian White, a Houston-based law firm, analyzed data from the Texas Department of Transportation to find intersections with the most crashes in the state.

As it turns out, drivers on Joe Battle Boulevard in east El Paso have a lot to look out for.

“I usually see people running the red lights, or them not being cautious with bikers and walkers and not using blinkers and hitting other cars,” said driver Isabella Galindo.

Not one, but three intersections on Joe Battle Boulevard ended up making the list, thanks to distractions like these.

There were 114 crashes at the Joe Battle and Rojas intersection between 2012-2015.

The Joe Battle and Montana intersection had 127.

But the Montwood intersection takes the cake, with 187 crashes between 2012 and 2015.

“There are a lot of incidents in this intersection because of how hectic it is, especially going to school in the morning -- it's really time consuming just to get to school because of how much traffic there is here,” Galindo said.

El Paso police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo tells KFOX14 the Joe Battle and Montwood intersection can prove dangerous if drivers aren't paying attention.

He says it's a tricky intersection to navigate, with lots of merging lanes, turnarounds, and underpasses.

This, along with traffic and distracted driving, creates the perfect storm for accidents.

“There's a cause to it, and that cause is the human factor and human error, and those are all preventable,” Carrillo said.

We witnessed it ourselves. We stood on the corner with Carrillo and in the span of10 minutes, saw people texting, eating, and putting on makeup.

“Anytime you get behind the wheel it's our responsibility as a drive to ensure we’re following the laws and we're paying full attention to what we're doing, especially at an intersection like this. Because with this much congestion, it's just inevitable,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo says the best way to cut down on crashes at these intersections is to be extra vigilant—put the phones down and don't run red lights.

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