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What Makes Rush Hour Driving Dangerous?For most people, rush hour is their least favorite time of day to drive anywhere. The periods between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. and 4 and 6 p.m. on weekdays are when most people are traveling to and from work, causing heavy traffic congestion on roadways where you can normally travel at a high speed. Unfortunately, traffic crashes are common occurrences during rush hour because it combines several factors that increase the risk of getting into an accident. By being aware of these factors, you may be able to avoid your own traffic crash:

  1. There Is Less Room to Maneuver: Rear-ending a vehicle is one of the most common types of accidents during rush hour. Vehicles are often packed together, leaving less space than normal between them. When a vehicle in front of you unexpectedly stops or enters your lane, you have less time to respond and avoid an accident. You can better avoid hitting a vehicle by leaving extra space in front of you and driving cautiously.
  2. Everyone Is in a Hurry: Rush hour drivers are anxious to get to work on time or get home after work. Slow traffic makes many drivers impatient, which leads to speeding up whenever they get the chance and looking to change lanes in hopes that a different lane will be quicker. Though you may be in a hurry to reach your destination, your safety is your primary concern while driving. Avoid changing lanes unless it is part of your travel route. If slow traffic is a frequent problem, try leaving earlier to give yourself more time.
  3. Road Rage Can Flare Up: Some drivers’ reactions to rush hour traffic go beyond impatience. They may become furious at other drivers and the situation in general. Drivers with road rage are more likely to behave aggressively and make poor decisions. Try to remain calm and not engage with angry drivers.
  4. Sun Glare Is at Its Worst: Rush hour traffic often coincides with the times of day when the sun is rising and setting. Depending on the direction you are driving, you may have a problem with sunlight shining in your eyes and blinding you. It is important to use the sun visors in your vehicle and wear sunglasses.

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer

Suffering a vehicle accident during rush hour may cause serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment. If another driver was at fault for the crash, a Crystal Lake, Illinois, personal injury attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you receive compensation for your medical expenses and personal suffering. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.

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traffic accident injuries, McHenry County Personal Injury AttorneyInsurance industry statistics suggest that the average person will experience three or four car accidents throughout his or her life. And while the statistics include everything from fatal accidents to minor fender benders, it can still be helpful for people to understand and identify common injuries that occur as a result of traffic accidents. The most common serious injuries include soft tissue injuries, broken bones, and brain or spine injuries.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are sustained to non-bony tissue in the body. Usually, an injury occurs to muscles or connective tissues like ligaments and tendons. Sprains, strains, and hyperextensions additionally fall into this category.

One of the most common soft tissue injuries is whiplash—injuries to a person's neck or, occasionally, the upper back that occurs when the force of an accident's impact causes a violent motion of the head that stretches the neck or back's connective tissue farther than it is intended to go. This can lead to swelling and pain in the neck and upper back. Moreover, car accidents can commonly cause sprains of a person's middle or lower back.

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