Loss of Highway Exit Raises Risk For Dallas Car Accidents
**This is a guest post by downtown resident and Rasansky Law Firm client relations coordinator Steve Wade**
As reported by The Dallas Morning News this morning, the Woodall Rodgers exit at Pearl / Olive will be closed for the next four months. This temporary closing comes as part of the city’s $100 million park development over the freeway. It’s a necessary step – but one that requires drivers to pay special attention to avoid car accidents.
When you are accustomed to having a popular exit available during your morning commute, you expect traffic to move quickly. As a portion of commuters are exiting to their offices in downtown or uptown, the traffic entering Woodall Rodgers lightens. With the temporary closing of the Pearl exit, more vehicles will be forced to merge with traffic on the spur. Higher volume :: slower speeds.
Unfortunately, there is always that driver. The one who refuses to accept that he or she needs to drive at a slower rate to permit more cars to merge. The one who ends up rear ending you – (the one who keeps car accident lawyers like us in business).
Be extra careful these next few months! If you have to take Woodall Rodgers, give yourself a few extra minutes to compensate for slower traffic. Oh… and don’t get so distracted by the pretty park being built that you forget to keep your eyes on the road!