More Cars, More Accidents: What You Need To Know About California Congested Traffic Car Crashes.Did you know the average Southern Californian spends more than four full days each year sitting in traffic?
The greater Los Angeles area is the second largest metropolitan area in the country and it has more traffic than any other city in the United States. More than twelve million cars travel the freeways surrounding Los Angeles on a daily basis. If you live in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County or Ventura County, then traffic is part of your life.
Unfortunately, our heavy traffic also contributes to car accidents. Not only are there a lot of cars on the streets, but drivers are impatient and stressed. Congested traffic accidents can result from:
- Improper lane changes
- Cars moving into another vehicle's blind spot
- On-ramp and off-ramp merging
- Stop-and-go traffic at high speeds
- Distracted driving
Each driver on a congested highway is trying to negotiate around traffic and get to a less congested area. So, when an accident occurs in congested traffic, it is hard to tell who is responsible. Was the driver that hit your car careless or was he simply trying to avoid a more serious car crash? Did the other driver cut you off while you were changing lanes, did you not allow enough space, or was a third driver at fault? When there is heavy traffic, the details of an accident can be obscured. It is hard to identify reckless or negligent behavior. In fact, what would normally be reckless behavior may not be when a driver is trying to avoid an accident in heavy traffic. When a responsible party cannot be identified, this may reduce the damages that an insurance company is willing to pay.
If you were injured in an Orange County traffic accident that occurred in a high traffic area, you may want to consider seeking legal advice. An Orange County accident lawyer who is familiar with the traffic in the area will be able to give you advice on how best to pursue compensation for your accident. For information about hiring an attorney, request our free book: Avoid Lawyer Advertising Hype! A Lawyer's Method for Finding a Lawyer.
The Orange County accident lawyers at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie would be happy to discuss your claim with no obligation. To schedule a free consultation, contact Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 866-981-5596.