Heavy traffic, driver fatigue, and distracted drivers are just a few of the dangers facing commuters during their evening commutes. Major arteries including US 395 and others are hotbeds of accident activity and motorists should be vigilant when traveling these routes. With some routes carrying more than 75,000 vehicles per day, the risks are real and the accident rates are a warning to area motorists.
Longer Commutes = Deadlier Drives
An increasing number of people are commuting home in the evening, and the distances they are driving are also increasing. This means more drivers on the road who are tired, stressed, and rushing to get home. Thus it is not surprising that 62% of fatal commuting accidents occur in the evening between 4 pm and 6 pm. The overwhelming majority of at-fault drivers and their victims are on their way home from work.
It is a deadly mix that is highlighted in the fact that 24% of all fatal road accidents occur during the commuting periods from 7 to 10 am and 4 to 6 pm. The risk is greatest on Mondays and Fridays when drivers are more easily distracted and less likely to pay attention to conditions on the road or within traffic.
US 395 Rated “F” for Fatal
In 2017, it was estimated that more than 75,000 vehicles per day traveled along US 395 in the North Valley. Many of these vehicles were on the road between 4 pm and 6 pm as motorists made their way home from work.
However, the road was not designed for this quantity of traffic. As a result, it is highly congested and in poor condition. The Regional Transportation Commission has given the road multiple “F” ratings due to the dangers the road poses to motorists.
One of the most dangerous areas is the “Spaghetti Bowl” where I-80 connects with US 395. This area was designed to handle 90,000 vehicles per day. However, it currently handles more than 260,000 vehicles per day.
The Nevada Department of Transportation is currently considering several proposals to ease congestion and facilitate safer traffic flow through this area. However, it will be years before these solutions are put into place and begin to protect motorists. Until viable solutions are chosen and built, motorists traveling through this area are at increased risk of accidents and injuries.