Recently the Texas A&M Transportation Institute released its 2019 rankings of the most congested roads in Texas. While Huston’s West loop ranked as the most congested road in the state, San Antonio ended up having 11 of the 100 most congested roads. While we all know sitting in Texas is painful, no matter the city you’re in, it’s important to know the negative effects of high congestion on our roads. There is some obvious costs, like the money wasted on fuel for idling cars, and wasted time. However, congested roads also lead to dangerous situations.
While bad traffic isn’t as dangerous as drunk or distracted driving, it still accounts for a notable percentage of traffic accidents. But what is causing all of this traffic? Well, every year, more and more drivers are getting on the roads, and more people are driving more often. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that between 2015 and 2016, 2.2% more Americans started driving. On top of this, the average amount of miles driven per year has risen significantly. The Average American previously drove about 16,500 miles every year back in 1970. That number has increased by about 10,000 miles in recent years.
However, the increase in people isn’t necessarily causing traffic jams. As more people start to drive, there becomes a greater demand for new roads to be built, and old roads to be expanded or improved. Unfortunately, this isn’t happening. Drivers are now being squeezed together because of the lack of space on the roads, causing more traffic jams and congestion. So now, more people are driving, and they are driving more often, and being forced to drive in less space than drivers previously drove in. With more cars being crammed into these spaces, accidents become more likely.
What’s even worse is that these accidents are going to directly affect you. You, as a driver are more likely to be in an accident, and possibly be harmed. Even low-impact collisions can have severe and painful effects on the human body. Even at low speeds, a person can suffer whip-lash after being rear-ended. This along with back pain, bruising, and other soft-tissue damage can impact your life more than you think. If you were in an accident during rush hour traffic, you need a personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer will be able to walk you through the legal process and help you pay for your medical bills. The victim of a crash shouldn’t be responsible for the damages they suffer.
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Have you or a loved one been in a serious car crash and suffered injuries? If so, you should contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney. Villarreal and Begum is a local San Antonio firm that will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We serve clients all across Texas with offices in San Antonio, McAllen, and Laredo. We are available day and night to take your calls. Call or contact us via our website. The Law Guns will fight for you.