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An improving economy may lead to more accidents

Much is being said about the improving economy; especially the jobs that were created in January that are poised to reduce the unemployment rate. While this may be a good omen for the coming months, it also has some drawbacks. Of course, the specter of inflation lurks when more people are working; but another important effect is the volume of traffic on North Carolina roads and highways.

According to a recent report by INRIX, an international provider of traffic information, traffic congestion in the United States increased last year after two years of declines. The increase is likely linked to the growing number of people in the workforce. As more people have jobs, they are taking highways to get to work. 

Researchers also noted that the U.S. economy grew at 1.9 percent last year. With the increase in gross domestic product (GDP), traffic congestion increased by six percent. If the economy continues to grow as expected, it suggests that the possibility of traffic accidents may increase as well.

This is a critical consideration for those who commute every day. North Carolina drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while behind the wheel, which means that they must limit distractions, drive at safe speeds and share the road; especially when traffic is heavy. Unfortunately, not all drivers take this duty seriously. But if you are involved in an accident with such a driver, take solace in knowing that if it is found that such a failure caused the accident, you could hold the offending driver liable for your injuries and damages.

Source: Kctv5.com " INRIX traffic scorecard reports U.S. congestion grew at three times the rate of U.S. GDP," Mar. 4, 2014

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