San Antonio’s Rapid Population Growth May Lead to More Traffic Accidents
San Antonio has experienced significant population growth in recent years. In fact, recent reports indicate that the city grew more than any other U.S. city over 50,000 people from 2016 to 2017. In one year, more than 24,200 people moved to the San Antonio area, which means the city grew by about 66 people each and every day. Since the 2010 census, the population has increased by about 185,000 people, with more than 1.5 million people calling the Alamo City home.
An increased population can be good for a city’s desirability and reputation, however, fast growth can cause some practical problems. These can include housing and employment issues, as well as access to other amenities. In addition, more people often means more cars on the road. More cars can lead to more crashes, which can cause a higher number of injuries and fatalities to motorists and pedestrians.
Unfamiliarity With the City
When you move to a new place, it can take a while to learn your way around. Many people will need to rely on navigation tools to get from place to place at first, which can be distracting. Also, not being sure of where you are going can lead to last-minute turns, lane changes, and other maneuvers that can cause accidents. With new people in the area, you cannot always be certain what other drivers may do.
More people living and working in the area means more people driving from place to place. This means more congested traffic, which can present many risks. Such risks can include:
- Distracted drivers – When traffic is moving slowly, many drivers may be tempted to engage in other tasks besides driving, such as checking email, texting, reading the news, browsing social media, grooming, and more. Even in slow-moving traffic, any distractions can be dangerous and can easily result in collisions.
- Aggressive drivers – Traffic is never fun for any driver. Some drivers allow their impatience and frustration with traffic to evolve into aggressive driving behaviors. These can include tailgating, cutting off other drivers, speeding, dangerous lane changes, or road rage accidents.
- Impaired drivers – The more cars on the road, the greater the risk that some drivers may be drunk, under the influence of drugs, or overly fatigued. Any impairment of a driver’s faculties can lead to severe accidents.
Even though traffic can be frustrating, drivers are expected to obey the rules of the road and drive safely. As San Antonio keeps growing, you should realize the growing risks of accidents and injuries when you are out on the roads.
Call a San Antonio Car Accident Attorney for More Information About Your Options
The Law Offices of George Salinas has represented many injured motorists in the San Antonio area. We understand how to protect your rights after a serious injury, including handling insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits when necessary. Call our office at (210) 225-0909 or contact us online to set up a free case evaluation today.