According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fifty percent of all traffic accidents happen during rush hour.
Why is rush hour so dangerous?
It's pretty obvious that the more cars on the road, the more likely there is to be a collision between two or more vehicles. There are more drivers in a hurry. There is also an increase in hazards such as cyclists and pedestrians on their way to work or to drop children off at school.
The time of day also plays a role in this increase in accidents. In the morning many of us are not completely focused. It takes time to get going in the morning. Our reactions are slower and our minds can be foggy from the night's sleep. When it comes to late afternoon rush hour, we are tired, we are thinking about our night ahead, or still have our minds on the day's work.
According to our St Louis car wreck lawyer, during these hours many of the accidents are due to a lapse in concentration or due to speeding. When we're late for work, or we're looking forward to getting home after work, it can be tempting to break the speed limit. However, this is often the primary cause of accidents during rush hour.
As we've already mentioned, at these times of the day there is an increase in the amount of traffic on the roads. This means you are likely to be closer to other vehicles on your journey than you would be if you traveled at a different time. Additionally, when an accident does occurs, with more traffic around, the risk of extra vehicles becoming involved is increased. A small bump can easily turn into a major pile up when the roads are busy.
Claiming compensation for crashes that occur during this time can be particularly tricky as in the confusion of an accident, liability can be hard to establish.
How to keep safe during rush hour
Here are our top tips for keeping safe during the most dangerous time on the roads:
Don't rush. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get somewhere.
Car pool. The less cars on the road the better!
Get a good night's sleep. A tired driver is a dangerous driver
Have a cup of coffee. If you're feeling tired, have a cup of coffee twenty minutes before you drive. It will help you be more alert and stop you from falling asleep at the wheel.
Injured in a rush hour accident? Speak with a competent St. Louis accident lawyer!
The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.
7751 Carondelet Ave #601
St. Louis, MO
Phone: (314) 361-4242