When many people think of Southern California, their perception of the region often includes the expectation that traffic is heavy — and they’re right. Southern California has a very high population, and with that comes a high volume of vehicles on the road. Add that to the fact that most of Los Angeles and Orange County are not walkable, and that the use of public transportation isn’t especially popular, and you’ll realize why driving in heavy traffic is a reality of Southern California life.
Driving in the heavy traffic of Southern California can be dangerous, but with a few simple precautions, you can stay safe on the area’s congested freeways.
Southern California’s heavy traffic increases residents’ risks of being involved in:
- Rear-end collisions
- Side-swipe accidents
- Hit and run accidents
How to Stay Safe on Southern California Roads
If you are a resident of Los Angeles, Orange County, or anywhere in Southern California, you may spend a significant portion of your daily commutes worrying about how dangerous the roads are. Or, if you plan on visiting or moving to the area soon, you might (understandably) be intimidated by the thought of driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a six-lane freeway. Although the roads can be hazardous, you can protect yourself and other drivers by practicing basic safe driving behavior.
On Southern California roads, you will often be surrounded by traffic on all sides. Therefore, when you make any move, you should check for the drivers around you. Make sure your blind spots are clear, you’ve checked your mirrors, and you’ve used your turn signals before turning or switching lanes.
What to Do if You are Injured in a Car Accident in Southern California
After a car accident in Southern California, you may be stopped on a busy road. Do not exit your vehicle until the area is clear, or wait for first responders to arrive. Whenever you are able, get the contact information and insurance details from the other driver, and call RMD Law LLP to discuss your case.