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What are the most common causes of auto accidents in urban areas like the Washington, D.C. area, and what do I do if I’m in an accident?

Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons and are not a respecter of persons or locations. However, there are a few common reasons that car accidents happen in cities that typically are not common factors in rural settings. Much of the difference has to do with the number of drivers in a concentrated area, along with the structural development of roadways in urban areas. In many cases, these factors are rarely even present in rural, country areas.

If you are involved in a Washington, D.C., car accident, it’s important to have a skilled attorney on your side that has experience dealing with the unique details of urban-related car accidents.

The following are some common factors that contribute to car accidents in cities:

  • Large volumes of traffic on multi-lane highways, which lead to tailgating, reckless driving (including speeding and improper lane changes), and road rage. Drivers often become impatient in traffic jams, road construction, and detours. Impatience, road rage, and dangerous driving habits can lead to traffic accidents.
  • One-way streets, limited u-turns, and bus or bike lanes can be confusing for motorists who are unfamiliar with local street directions. Motorists can easily drive against traffic on one-way streets, or make dangerous u-turns in unsafe areas.
  • Potholes can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles or can damage car tires. Potholes are frequently caused by excessive traffic in a specific area, as well as by heavy semi-trucks traveling on roads not designed to sustain such weight.
  • Running red lights can be extremely dangerous to drivers and other, unsuspecting motorists. Every day, news headlines across the country reflect the dangers of running red lights and the connection to tragic car accidents.

Were you injured in a car accident while driving in the D.C. area? Our team of highly qualified attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins may be able to help you collect financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Call 202-296-0666 today to speak with a skilled car crash attorney about your case, or fill out our online contact form.