How Accidents Happen in Heavy Traffic
Few drivers relish the thought of driving in heavy traffic, but heavy traffic is, nevertheless, not going away anytime soon. In fact, traffic – in general – is on the rise. Heavy traffic not only leads to more car accidents but also more serious car accidents. We all know the frustrations of being slowed down and otherwise impeded by heavy traffic, but when you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you take on the responsibility of following the rules of the road and helping to make them safer for all who travel on them. If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Boise personal injury lawyer.
The Mayhem of Heavy Traffic
When more motorists are on the road, it makes our roadways that much less predictable. When traffic is heavy, a negligent motorist can cause far more serious damage because his or her actions are far more likely to reverberate throughout nearby traffic. For example, when there is a traffic accident on a road with manageable traffic, other vehicles generally have ample opportunity to avoid becoming collateral damage. When traffic is heavy, however, other vehicles are often directly affected by an accident that occurs in their midst. Further, the frustrations inherent to driving in heavy traffic can lead to increased rates of aggressive driving – including excessive speeding – which exacerbate the attendant dangers.
Staying Safe in Heavy Traffic
When traffic is heavy, everyone on the road is at greater risk of being injured in an accident. There are, however, things that you can do to help yourself stay safe:
- Slow Down in Relation to Traffic – When traffic is heavy, you are far better off reducing your speed to allow yourself enough room to stop if there is a problem ahead. Greater speed increases your stopping distance. Tailgating can lead to dangerous rear-end accidents.
- Remain Alert – When you’re driving, nothing should distract you from your primary goal of driving safely. When traffic is heavy, you need to commit your undivided attention to maneuvering safely through it. Even a momentary lapse in your attention can have serious consequences.
- Don’t Drive Erratically – We’ve all seen those drivers who zigzag in and out of lanes when traffic is heavy; don’t be one of those drivers. Drive safely and predictably instead. When you let other drivers know your intentions ahead of time, it makes for safer traveling –, especially in heavy traffic.
If Another Motorist Leaves You Injured in Heavy Traffic, Consult with an Experienced Boise Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Heavy traffic makes dangerous accidents that much more likely, and drivers who fail to put safety first are often at fault. If you’ve been injured by another driver in heavy traffic, attorney Joe Frick at Joe Frick Law, PLLC, in Boise is proud to skillfully help clients like you fully recover on their damages. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 208-401-9311 today.