Expect Lots of Traffic in Washington, D.C. this Week; Watch Out for Accidents

Portner & Shure Law Firm Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.

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If you plan to travel to Washington, D.C. tomorrow, expect the trip to take hours longer than normal—especially if you have to travel Wednesday. Pope Francis will be in D.C. Tuesday through Thursday, and District transportation officials are saying all modesof travel will be backed upand car travel should be an absolute last resort. D.C. transportation officials are recommending people to work from home this week if possible because traffic throughout the city will be a nightmare. Officials say that if you must travel to work or elsewhere this week, using the metro is highly recommended. The largest disruption to traffic will be on Wednesday morning when Pope Francis visits President Obama at the White House. The interstates that will be most affected by traffic are the George Washington Parkway, I-66, and I-395.

High volumes of traffic always means an increased number of accidents, especially rear-end accidents. Sudden stops in traffic combined with distracted drivers will likely result in a rear-end collision. These types of accidents happen every day throughout Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, but many of them are not too serious and actually occur at low driving speeds. However, sometimes a rear-end collision can result in major property damage and serious injuries. The more severe rear-end accidents are usually caused by distracted driving or aggressive driving (i.e. tailgating and speeding). Many rear-end accidents occur during rush hour or high-traffic events when there is stop and go traffic or sudden stops and drivers take their eyes off the road for one second. That one second reduces a driver’s reaction time to a sudden stop in front of them and an accident occurs. The most common injury in a rear-end collision is a neck injury due to the whiplash felt in a sudden crash. In order for an injured driver to recover compensation in a rear-end accident, fault on the part of another driver must be proven.

If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a car accident and would like to consult an experienced Washington, D.C. or Northern Virginia personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (703) 734-8790 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations inArlingtonor throughout D.C. or Virginia, or visit us online athttp://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/Car-Accidents/Fatal-Car-Accidents.shtml