Metro's SafeTrack Program May Increase Drivers on the Road

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Posted on May 31, 2016

Metro is trying to complete 3 years' worth of maintenance in one year, and the project started on Monday morning, affecting commutes throughout the D.C. area. It's called SafeTrack, and it started Monday morning and people on our roads, and driving into the city, could tell.  There are mixed reactions for people coming into the city - mainly, people are saying that it was bad but not as bad as they expected it to be. There were at least many people on the road, and a small uptick in car crashes and accidents. Keep yourself protected by finding out what to do right after an accident on our blog here

With commute times being longer, people who live and work in DC, Maryland and Virginia are bracing themselves for the changes, and that means bracing themselves for more cars on the road.

The entire plan includes 15 projects or "surges" according to Metro, and involves almost every line of the metro system. 

Where's the first "surge"?

Ballston to East Falls Church station. Metro says the work at these stations will affect around 73,000 riders, and that out of the 15 "surge" projects, this one will have the fourth highest impact on our region. 

There will be continuous single-tracking between these stations, and metro advises to avoid the orange and silver lines if at all possible during this time. 

This means - more cars on the road. What do you need to do to keep your family safe on the already congested roads in the D.C. area? 

Here are 3 tips to avoid a car crash:

1) Keep Your Eyes Scanning the Road Ahead - I can't tell you how many times clients were one of many people to get into a particular accident in 3, 4 or 5 car pileups on the highway. You can avoid this by remembering to stay alert and focused on driving - not texting, changing the radio station or checking your phone.

2) Keep Out of The Fast Lane - here us out on this one. Most accidents happen in the left lane, so you are more likely to get into an accident in that lane. Crazy drivers on the Beltway will weave in and out of traffic and slow pokes will stay in this lane, (which should be for passing only) making it doubly dangerous at times. Also, when you're not in the farthest lane, you have space for 'escape routes' that will make it easier (or possible) to move out of a lane to avoid an accident. 

3) Don't text and drive - we are all tempted to check our phones, read an email, send a text.  It's all bad.  If you're going 55 mph and you take 5 seconds to check a text, you've gone 5 care lengths during that time without looking up - and you're probably drifting out of your lane as well.  So the car next to you that is texting will crash into you....

Donahoe Kearney wants you to stay safe on the road, especially with the changes that will affect our local roads like I - 66 in Virginia, the Dulles Toll Road, Route 50 and 395 in D.C., and 495 in Prince George's County. 

If you or someone you know was seriously hurt in a car accident that was another driver's fault, call us at 202-393-3320 so we can get you the information you need to protect your rights - don't wait for the other driver's insurance company to call you!

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Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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