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Has Rush Hour Changed Post-Pandemic?

America is officially going back to work and, with that, is the dreaded morning rush hour coming back too? The answer? Yes and no. With morning commutes returning as people move back into the office, rush hour will have a resurgence but not in the way you may think. The pandemic has certainly changed the way people work and what’s expected from employees. Companies are offering more flexible work arrangements allowing Americans to work remotely or come in later in the morning.

That being said, morning commutes are happening later in the day. From the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., people are seeing less traffic than they did pre-pandemic. This suggests that there is a delay happening in employees drive time to work. In a lot of ways, this is a great adjustment as people have more time to take children to childcare, run errands, and still get to work on time.

Less Traffic, More Danger?

Some experts are reporting that the roads are now more dangerous due to the decrease in traffic. With less traffic, drivers are more Iikely to increase speed therefore increasing their risk of an accident. This was seen during the pandemic as well with traffic deaths reaching the highest level in 13 years. While less congested roads may be a welcome change to most people, it can also be a fatal one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration blamed speeding, failure to wear a seat belt and impaired driving as the top reasons for the rise in fatalities over the last year. With less traffic, drivers are willing to take more risks.

Here at Philpot Law Firm, we are more familiar with the tragedy of vehicle accidents than we would like to be. The road is a dangerous place and according to the information being reported, there are more dangers than ever. To learn more about being safe on the road, please read our blog on 5 Ways to Prevent Auto Accidents This Summer.

Should you find yourself in an accident, our team is here to support in any way that we can. We offer free consultations and a caring personal injury attorney will be by your side from the beginning to the end of your case. Don’t wait – contact us today to schedule your consultation. Nobody Fights for You Like Family.

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