Even for the most experienced drivers, driving through large Pennsylvania cities can be challenging and stressful to say the least. Congested streets, construction, pedestrians and inattentive drivers are just a few of the things a driver will likely encounter as he or she travels through a metropolitan area. Drivers should always stay focused behind the wheel to protect themselves and others. Here are a few things motorists need to be on the lookout for to avoid motor vehicle accidents when driving through cities.
Avoid rush hour
If possible, try to avoid driving through cities during rush hour. Typically, traffic is at its peak during the morning and afternoon commuting hours, which are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., respectively. Rush hour traffic increases the time it takes to reach the destination and will also increase the odds of an accident.
Stay in one lane
When driving through a metropolitan area, try to avoid changing lanes frequently. Usually it is best to stay in the right lane. Typically, the slower and more cautious drivers will be in the right lane.
Watch for pedestrians and cyclists
Pedestrians are literally everywhere in cities. Keep an eye out for crosswalks and reduce speed when approaching them. Remember, pedestrians always have the right-of-way in crosswalks. Cycling is also a popular form of transportation and recreation in metropolitan areas. Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians or cyclists.
Not all drivers will be as cautious or attentive as they should be when traveling along city streets. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents happen quite frequently. Those in Pennsylvania who are injured in accidents due to the negligence of another party reserve the right to speak with a trusted attorney and take legal recourse. Damages from a successfully litigated claim could help victims pay medical expenses and recover lost wages.