Log on to a social media site in the morning and you are likely to see at least one person moaning about rush hour traffic, disruption on the train lines, and stand-still jams. Statistically, most road traffic accidents happen at rush hour and most people dread the daily journey to and from work, whether they are driving or using public transport.
Why are accidents on the road more common at rush hour?
The simple answer is that more car crashes occur at rush hour because more vehicles are on the road. However, there are additional factors to consider. Many of us are familiar with the frustration and anger of running late, sitting in a seemingly never-ending traffic jam, or staring at a board, which displays notifications of travel disruption. The problem is that issues are magnified at rush hour and even a minor incident can quickly spiral into travel chaos.
If you’re sat stationary on the road on your way to work, it’s easy to become frustrated and this can affect your driving; when you’re crawling along the road, it can also get very tedious and you may become distracted or lose concentration; often, minor bumps and collisions on the road occur at peak times because people are not paying full attention to the road ahead.
Reducing the risk of car accidents: Coping with rush hour traffic
Unfortunately, most of us have to negotiate rush hour on a daily basis, so it’s a good idea to be prepared, to try and stay calm, and to concentrate. If you’re sick of commuting in traffic and it’s getting you down, it may be worth considering other transport modes, such as trains or trams. The train timetable can be unpredictable, especially in the winter months, but it is highly likely that you will reach your destination much quicker and you may feel slightly less stressed when you reach the office.
How to make a road traffic accident claim
If you’ve been hit in the morning rush and it wasn’t your fault, you could claim car crash compensation. Note down all the details of the incident, get the contact information for people around you at the time, and see a doctor. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss the incident with a personal injury lawyer and let them do all the leg work for you. Accident Advice helpline was established in 2000 and the expert team has helped hundreds of people to make successful compensation claims.