INRIX is a software company that provides information on traffic around the world. In May, 2012, the company released its fifth annual Traffic Scorecard, the INRIX National Traffic Study 2011. According to INRIX, congestion dropped by 30% in 70 of the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. While improved traffic conditions are something we all enjoy, decreased congestion is an indicator or poor economic conditions including high unemployment and high fuel prices.
Austin experienced an increase in congestion as well as employment growth that was higher than the national average. Austin drivers spent an average of 30 hours stuck in traffic last year. The worst time for congestion in the city was from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays.
Overall, Americans averaged 40 hours stuck in traffic. The worst hour of the week was from 5-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and the worst day for morning commutes was Tuesday. Of the top ten worst corridors four were in Los Angeles, four in New York, number nine was in Pittsburg and the tenth in San Francisco. Those who had the misfortune of driving in these corridors during rush hour missed out on almost three weeks of their lives on average, due to traffic delays.
If you live in Austin, Texas and have suffered a serious injury in a traffic accident, please call a car wreck lawyer of Funk & Associates at 1-888-472-FUNK (3865) today or fill out the online form.
Information for this blog post was taken from the InRIX Traffic Scorecard.
Yanni Funk, Attorney at Law
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