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How traffic congestion increases road hazards

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The roads in and around Lakeland, Florida, can get busy, particularly during rush hour. The positive aspect of this is that it’s a sign of a bustling city with lots of activity. The downside is that it leads to congested roads, which increase the potential for accidents.

Congested roads are hazardous for several reasons. Here’s how traffic congestion increases road hazards.

Drivers become frustrated in the congestion

Busy roadways are a sign that there are many people who have places to be. This can include meetings, school, appointments, work and much more. People may be on a tight schedule and the congested roads mean they are running late. This can cause frustration, which can lead to road rage incidents and reckless driving maneuvers.

Some risky behaviors that drivers in congested traffic are more likely to engage in include:

  • Tailgating
  • Careless overtaking
  • Dangerous U-turns
  • Driving in unauthorized lanes
  • Ignoring traffic signals
  • Other forms of aggressive driving

Some studies suggest that risky driving behaviors brought on by frustration play a factor in as many as 50% of fatal collisions.

Drivers can become distracted

The potential for driving distractions like cell phones also increases when traffic is congested. Drivers may be tempted to glance at texts while traffic is at a standstill, but this is still dangerous. Traffic can start moving again within a matter of seconds, which means a stationary vehicle could be rear-ended or hit from the side.

A driver’s full attention should be on the road at all times, even when congested traffic is not moving.

If you have been injured in a road traffic collision, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seeking legal guidance will help you to establish whether or not someone else was negligent during the crash.