Does Traffic Congestion Cause Road Accidents?

When the end of the workday rolls around, there is nothing that many people want to do more than get home and relax. However, the downside of this is that hundreds of people are on the roads around 5 pm every day, so it's no surprise that traffic congestion is extremely common.

While congestion isn't the sole reason why there are millions of car accidents each year, the dangers that accompany it can be significant.

The Dangers of Road Traffic

While car accidents can still happen on nearly empty, open roads, they do occur more frequently in times of heavy traffic. Here are a few reasons why:

  • More Vehicles Closer Together - Everyone getting off work around the same time certainly lends itself to high volumes of cars (and therefore accidents), but too many cars in one area at once can make for unsafe conditions.
  • Road rage - Getting cut off or someone waiting until the last second to merge lanes can be frustrating, but getting mad, speeding around, or potentially swerving near their car can create hazards for everyone on the road.
  • Tailgating - While it’s understandable that people are eager to get home, tailgating can only make things worse by potentially causing an accident if there is a sudden stop.

Staying Safe in Traffic

There are many things you can do to protect yourself and other people while on the road. Some of our best recommendations include:

  • Wear a seatbelt. It's the law. Not wearing one increases the risk of accidents being fatal and can even result in fines if pulled over.
  • Put down your phone. It is estimated that nine people are killed each day because of distracted driving. Keep yourself and others safe by going hands-free; after all, texting and driving is illegal in Texas.
  • Drive at safe speeds. More than 10,000 deaths are speeding-related each year. Drive with the flow of traffic and avoid weaving between lanes.

Accident on Texas Roads? Contact Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C.

Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. is dedicated to keeping Texas drivers safe. If you have been in an accident and are seeking compensation, call to discuss your case.

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