With a 2015 study published by the Travel Behavior and Society suggesting that drivers in the largest cities of the U.S. are in a less positive mood during evening rush hour between 5pm and 6pm on weekdays due to congestion, it’s clear that crowded roads contribute not only to emotional distress, but also an increase in car accidents.
Yes, if you have a 9-to-5 job and have to commute to work every morning and then return home in the evening, chances are you are fed up with congested roads in Kansas City or elsewhere in Missouri during peak times.
“But sitting in rush hour traffic for hours every day is not the worst thing that can happen to you. After all, there is a sharp increase in the number of car crashes during peak times in Kansas City and all across the state,” says our Kansas City rush hour accident attorney at Mayer &, Rosenberg, P.C. When rush hour traffic gets heavier and extends longer, the risk of being in a motor vehicle collision increases tenfold.
Both morning and evening peak times are equally dangerous times of day, because in the evening, there is a higher likelihood of being in a car crash caused by a drunk or fatigued driver. In the morning, on the other hand, you are more likely to encounter a sleepy or drowsy driver who did not have enough sleep that night.
If your morning or evening commute to or from work includes any of the following dangerous roads and streets in Kansas City, you are at a greater risk of getting into a rush hour car accident:
Car accidents are a common occurrence during peak times, and the most common causes of rush hour accidents include:
Morning and evening peak times see a sharp increase in the number of motorists who neglect traffic rules and endanger the lives of other parties. “By operating a vehicle negligently, a motorist is breaching his or her duty to exercise reasonable care,” explains our experienced auto accident lawyer in Kansas City.
Just because you are annoyed by traffic jams does not give you the right to violate traffic rules. Similarly, just because another motorist breaks a law during rush hour does not give you the right to follow suit and neglect traffic rules.
Since many rush hour car crashes include more than two vehicles, determining liability can be tough, because several parties may share liability for the car crash. Speak to our car accident lawyers at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., to discuss your case and establish fault in your rush hour crash.
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