Fewer people drive on the roads these days as a result of the slumping economy. Unemployment rates have risen across the country, and the amount of traffic before and after work has reduced. With fewer cars on the road, fewer car accidents occur during the busiest times of the day.
Our car accident attorneys understand the simple results of the equation: fewer cars on the road equal fewer car accidents. Rush-hour traffic car crashes every day because of the unpredictability of the car drivers in front, behind and beside you.
Rush-hour traffic – defined as moving slower than free-flowing traffic where drivers can sometimes speed – in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas fell 29% in 2008 compared to 2007. Los Angeles rush-hour traffic dropped by 24 percent and rush-hour traffic in the San Francisco/Oakland area fell 25 percent.
Los Angeles is one of the most congested cities in the United States, and car accidents are reported in Los Angeles County every day. News of fewer cars on the road can give drivers in Los Angeles a little more assurance that car accident statistics are likely to decrease.
One of the most common accidents in rush hour traffic, the rear-end car accident, not only leads to hundreds of dollars in property damage, but it can result in severe personal injuries and sometimes physical disabilities as well.
The decline began when gas prices rose above the $3 per gallon price in November 2007. By the time prices fell from a 2008 high of $4 per gallon, the amount of unemployment in Americans started to rise. There has also been a rise in riding public-transit systems across the country according to the American Public Transportation Association.
Our firm’s car accident attorneys have been discouraged by the state the economy is in because it affects us as well as all Americans. While we would prefer car accidents drop, we do not prefer it to go down due to fewer cars on the road.
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