Anyone who has driven across Houston during rush hour, which occurs roughly between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., knows that the city has some of the worst traffic in the nation. Given the heavy traffic congestion and frequency of rush hour accidents, it is no surprise that this is one of the most dangerous time periods for drivers to be on the road.
If you are involved in a rush hour accident in Houston, contact an attorney to help you navigate the insurance claims process. Our experienced Houston car accident lawyers can help you recover the compensation necessary to cover your expenses after a collision. Call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500.
Most Congested Roads in Houston
Texas is home to four major cities, but five of the top 10 most congested stretches of highway in the state are all located in Harris County. In fact, a recent study by INRIX, a global company that tracks real-time traffic information, found that the average Houstonian spends 74 hours a year sitting in traffic, which is the fourth worst in the United States.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the five roadways in Houston that have the most traffic include:
- IH 610 from IH 10 to US 90
- US 59 from IH 610 to SH 288
- IH 10/US 90 from N Eldridge Pkwy to Sam Houston Tollway W
- IH 45 from Sam Houston Tollway N to IH 610
- IH 10/US 90 Sam Houston Tollway W to IH 610
Dangers of Rush Hour Accidents
While a motor vehicle crash can happen at any time, it is estimated that one in four accidents happened during either morning or evening rush hour. In Texas, there were a total of 400 fatal crashes between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 452 fatal crashes between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in 2012.
Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the time of day an accident is most likely to occur is between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Although it seems obvious that rush hour is more dangerous simply because there are more cars on the road, the following factors can also contribute to the likelihood of accidents:
- Traffic speeds tend to be varied
- Drivers are more likely to be tired from a long day at work
- Drivers may be more willing to engage in aggressive or risky behaviors because they are in a rush to get home and frustrated with the delays
- Road rage
- Drivers may be easily distracted if they are in stop-and-go traffic
- Lane shifts, which is a lane closure or change in the width of the lane due to construction, that forces drivers to merge
How a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a Houston rush hour accident due to another driver’s negligence, the Houston car accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help. Our attorneys have more than four decades of experience handling a wide-range of serious injury cases including:
- Car accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Trucking accidents
If you work with us, we will conduct a comprehensive investigation of your accident, preserve and collect valuable evidence, and build the strongest possible argument in support of your claim for compensation. With the help of one of our talented personal injury lawyers, you may be able to receive compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical limitations
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
We will fight aggressively to secure the maximum compensation possible in your case so that you can concentrate on the healing process. Call our Houston car accident lawyers today at (281) 283-8500 for a free case evaluation.