Why Washington, D.C has the Worst Traffic in the Country?
It’s true; Washington, D.C. has the worst traffic in the country. The information comes from a report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The traffic and congestion here are way worse than other noted areas such as L.A., San Francisco, and New York. A report from the Urban Mobility Report stated that most residents spend an average of 67 hours, per year, stuck in traffic. To break that down into terms you can relate to, that is almost two full work weeks sitting in traffic. Who has time for that?
Trying to pinpoint the problem doesn’t come as easily as it should. Officials believe there are many factors that give the area such congestion. First, there are too many people in the area for the freeways’ bandwidth. The freeways were not built to handle so many people. Another factor is the beltway is so congested, that many look for alternative routes. This congests side roads and alternative routes in and around the city. Some say that the metro needs to be expanded and streetcars would help the situation. Another factor that cannot be ignored is the massive number of people move into the city in the past two decades; however, the freeway systems have never been updated to handle the influx of people.
Others theorize that the bridges create bottlenecks in the traffic that aid to the problem. Whatever the case, the situation is only getting worse. More and more people are commuting to D.C. to work. Though there are public transportation systems available, those living outside the area use their cars to get to work. All of this traffic means more accidents and stressful conditions. This area is plaques by incidents of all kinds. You may see simple fender benders or those accidents that have fatalities.
If you have been a victim to the heavy traffic and congestions in the D.C. area, you need a Virginia and Washington D.C. law firm that can help. Wingfield, Ginsburg & Lipp, P.C. has experience dealing with car accidents in these and other areas throughout Maryland. If you suffered from bodily injury and your car was messed up due to someone else’s negligence, we want to help.