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Accidents Happen on Morning CommutesBy Pyle Law, May 11 2021 9:14 am
Morning commutes are necessary for almost everyone. They are not, however, without harm or risk. Let’s see why accidents happen on morning commutes and how dangerous they can be. If you’re in an accident, contact a Kansas car accident attorney.
Not all people like waking up early to go to work and sit in traffic. But thousands of Kansas workers commute to work by driving their vehicles or through various public transportation systems. During early morning hours, there’s an increased risk of getting into accidents, as hazards, such as the ones below, are common in morning commutes. If you’re injured in a crash on your way to work, a Kansas car accident attorney can help.
Waiting for the light to change and traffic to pass while driving to work could be boring for many people. For a lot of drivers, unfortunately, boredom can tempt them to multitask while driving. They may check their emails, check their phones and call someone or send texts, watch videos, and more. Sadly, in 2019 alone, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,142 people, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Plenty of drivers find sitting in traffic aggravating and stressful. But for some drivers, having to sit in traffic for an indefinite amount of time can cause extreme frustration, anger, and aggression. These extreme emotions cause some drivers to act aggressively and put not only their lives but also other people’s lives at risk. Aggressive driving and road rage is one of the leading causes of accidents and deaths on the road.
Not all people are lucky enough to get the recommended amount of sleep at night. So it’s highly likely that you’ll come across a sleep-deprived driver on your morning commute. When sleepy or fatigued drivers operate a vehicle, they may be easily distracted and lack the necessary focus to implement safe driving practices. In fact, according to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, fatigued, drowsy, or sleep-deprived drivers were responsible for approximately 328,000 traffic accidents yearly.
Almost everyone is rushing to get to work, which is perfectly understandable. However, driving at excessive speeds in downtown streets or congested areas could result in running a red light or stop sign, car crashes, and pedestrian accidents, among others. Fortunately, these reckless drivers will face traffic citations and, if applicable, criminal charges. They will also be held liable for all the injuries they cause in a traffic accident.
Traffic accidents have also occurred due to a driver being temporary “blinded” by the sun’s glare. This can prevent drivers from spotting other road users until it is too late. The sun’s glare also raises the risk of drivers running a stop sign or red light.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a traffic accident anywhere in Kansas, you have the legal right to recover compensation to cover your medical bills, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering from the liable party. Speak to our Kansas car accident attorney here at Pyle Law by calling us at 620-374-9299 or contacting us online for your free consultation.