If you have a 9-to-5 job and have to commute to work every morning, you probably know how crowded our roads and highways tend to get during rush hour, especially if your office is located in the central part of Pittsburgh.
Despite local authorities’ efforts to reduce congestion on our roads at peak times, it sure seems as if rush hour traffic is getting worse by the year. Not only is it annoying to be stuck in traffic jams, but it may also be dangerous. Our Pittsburgh rush hour accident attorney at SMA Law Group warns that when rush hour traffic gets heavier and extends longer, it significantly increases the risk of being in a car accident.
Statistics show that the largest percentage of car accidents occur between 6pm and 9pm, which is evening rush hour, and it’s no wonder why, considering that there is a higher likelihood of encountering a drunk driver, especially if it’s Friday evening. Morning rush hour can be just as bad, because there is a higher risk of encountering a sleepy or drowsy driver or even aggressive driver who’s fed up with this everyday routine of having to commute to and from work.
The risk of getting into a rush hour accident increases tenfold when you are driving on one of the following dangerous roads and streets in Pittsburgh: Ohio River Blvd, Penn Lincoln Py, East Carson Street, Penn Avenue/Washington Boulevard, and West Carson Street.
Although causes of rush hour car accidents vary greatly, you are more likely to get into a car crash during peak hours because motorists are more prone to:
Statistically speaking, motorists are twice more likely to neglect traffic rules and breach their duty to exercise reasonable care when driving during morning and evening peak times. It makes sense why. It can be very easy to get annoyed by the heavy traffic, especially when you are in a hurry.
“But being late to work or wanting to return home as soon as possible is never an excuse to engage in negligent, careless, or reckless driving behaviors,” reminds our experienced rush hour accident attorney in Pittsburgh.
Determining liability for a car accident during rush hour is more complicated than when a car crash occurs at any other time of day. That’s because multiple parties may be negligent for causing the crash, and since Pennsylvania is a modified comparative negligence state, several parties may share liability for a rush hour crash.