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According to census data, more than 80 percent of San Diego residents commute to work daily by way of a passenger vehicle. That should make it easy to see why most people think that traffic in the area is generally terrible. Not to mention, congested traffic conditions make driving conditions stressful and dangerous. Just how bad is traffic in San Diego County? According to a recent statistical analysis, San Diego is one of the worst cities in the United States and even one of the worst cities in the world when it comes to traffic congestion. This is likely one of the main factors that contributes to San Diego car accidents. There are many reasons that difficult traffic conditions impact the number of crashes that occur in a given location. We will discuss a few of them below along with the results of the analysis.
INRIX, a company that works to connect vehicles and data on a large scale, put together its annual ‘Scorecard’ for traffic congestion. The INRIX 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard uses seven different variables to rank 1,064 cities around the world based on amount of time spent in congested traffic. Those seven variables are:
San Diego did not rank well within this analysis. According to the data, San Diego has the 14th worst level of congestion in the United States. It has the 16th worst traffic in North America and the 47th worst traffic in the entire world. The 10 worst cities in the world, listed from worst to 10th worst, are as follows:
The 10 worst cities for traffic congestion in the United States, listed from worst to 10th worst, include:
The other three cities that rank ahead of San Diego on the survey include Houston, Texas, Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. Those who would like to review the entire report can find it here.
Congestion makes for a difficult environment for every motorist trapped in that environment. There are several ways in which heavy traffic leads to circumstances where crashes are more likely. Below are five examples of how this occurs:
When traffic accidents occur in a congested setting, the immediate aftermath of the incident can be quite confusing. People may not be sure of what steps to take to make sure that they protect their rights. Being surrounded by vehicles after a crash can add to the already-high level of stress that’s present, and that can lead to mistakes that can hinder someone’s ability to recover for the losses that he or she has incurred.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in a crash that occurs in the heavy traffic that arises daily across the county, do what you can to stay as calm as possible afterward. Make sure that you file a report with the police and obtain a full medical evaluation even if your injuries do not seem serious at the time. In addition, avoid engaging in a debate with the other party, and simply and politely exchange information if possible. If a civil exchange is not possible, wait for the police officer to arrive to manage the scene before taking that step. You should also seek the help of a San Diego car accident lawyer who understands how to piece together chaotic crash scenarios so that you give yourself a good chance to obtain a recovery. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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