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Congestion Means More Traffic, Car Accidents, and Frustration

Every driver in America has experienced frustration, annoyance, and anger due to getting stuck in traffic as their vehicle slowly makes their way through a very congested roadway. This not only causes tension and stress for those individuals trying to get to various destinations, but also poses other risks such as distracted driving given that these drivers tend to reach for their mobile phones to entertain themselves and make important calls while they’re waiting in traffic.

A study released by the American Highway Users Alliance revealed the most congested highways in the U.S. To guarantee accuracy, the study evaluated stretches of highways that constantly experience congestion (not just congested with traffic during the peak times). Other factors evaluated when coming up with the list include the wait duration, total annual delay, lost time value, and fuel wasted annually.

Below is a list of the top 10 most congested roads in America.

  1. I-90 between N Nagle and Roosevelt Rd (Chicago, Illinois)

In first place is Chicago traffic. This highway has an average wait duration of 12 miles and a total annual delay of 16,900,000 hours. The annual potential savings or fuel wasted on this highway is 6,370,000 gallons and $418,000,000 in annual lost time value.

  1. I-405 between I-605 and SR22 (Los Angeles, California)

The city of Los Angeles not only occupies the second position for the worst traffic, but it also holds the record for position 3 to 7. This highway has an average wait duration of 4.1 miles, and a total annual delay of 7,100,000 hours. The annual potential savings or fuel wasted on this highway is 1,819,480 gallons and $191,000,000 in annual lost time value.

  1. I-10 between Crenshaw Blvd and Santa Fe Ave (Los Angeles, California)

This highway has an average wait duration of 6.9 miles, and a total annual delay of 6,900,000 hours. The annual potential savings or fuel wasted on this highway is 2,231,840 gallons and $187,000,000 in annual lost time value.

  1. I-405 between Wilshire Blvd and Venice Blvd (Los Angeles, California)

Its average wait duration is 5.2 miles with an annual delay of 6,300,000 hours. The annual lost time value is $169,000,000 and the potential savings or fuel wasted per year is 1,961,960 gallons.

  1. US101 between Glendale Blvd and Franklin Ave (Los Angeles, California)

Its average wait duration is 4.4 miles with an annual delay of 5,400,000 hours. The annual lost time value is $146,000,000 and the potential savings or fuel wasted per year is 1,761,500 gallons.

  1. I-110 between Stadium Way and Exposition Blvd (Los Angeles, California)

This highway has an average wait duration of 4.3 miles, and a total annual delay of 5,400,000 hours. The annual potential savings or fuel wasted on this highway is 1,855,880 gallons and $145,000,000 in annual lost time value.

  1. US101 between Laurel Canyon Blvd and Sepulveda Blvd (Los Angeles, California)

Its average wait duration is 3.8 miles with an annual delay of 3,600,000 hours. The annual lost time value is $96,000,000 and the potential savings or fuel wasted per year is 1,047,800 gallons.

  1. Lincoln Tunnel between John F Kennedy Blvd and 10th Ave (New Jersey and New York)

Its average wait duration is 2.6 miles with an annual delay of 3,400,000 hours. The annual lost time value is $87,000,000 and the potential savings or fuel wasted per year is 1,730,300 gallons.

  1. I-95 between Broadway and I-895 (New York, New York)

Its average wait duration is 3.1 miles with an annual delay of 3,000,000 hours. The annual lost time value is $82,000,000 and the potential savings or fuel wasted per year is 1,545,700 gallons.

  1. I-35 between E Dean Keeton St and East Riverside (Austin, Texas)

This highway has an average wait duration of 3 miles, and a total annual delay of 3,000,000 hours.  The annual potential savings or fuel wasted on this highway is 1,776,320 gallons and $73,000 in annual lost time value.

If you or your loved has been injured along any of these congested highways, you should seek out the help of an experienced car accident attorney. You might be entitled to compensation and having a car accident attorney will significantly increase your odds of winning your settlement claim. Contact us to get an experienced car accident attorney equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge needed to help you in your case.