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Hampton Roads is the 31st Most Congested Urban Area

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Hampton Roads is the 31st Most Congested Urban Area

By Jim Hurley, Norfolk Car Accident Injury Lawyer

As anyone who commutes in and out of Norfolk knows, traffic is often bumper to tail on the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT), around the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels and on I-64 and I-264.

The Virginia Peninsula also experiences considerable gridlock, making your chances of getting to your destination on time something of a lottery.

Midtown Tunnel congestion in Portsmouth

Congestion at the Midtown Tunnel

It was, therefore, no surprise for me to read a recent analysis released by TomTom — a tech company that produces traffic information apps and devices, that ranked Hampton Roads as one of the 40 worst areas in the country for traffic congestion.

Hampton Roads has the nation's 31st worst traffic congestion and the congestion in the seven cities is so bad it ranks as 132nd worst of 174 major international metros.

Hampton Roads has the second worst congestion problem in Virginia. Unsurprisingly, Northern Virginia/Washington D.C, (the 8th worst in the nation), was ahead of Hampton Roads. But the traffic is worse here than in metro Richmond, which ranks 66th worst in the nation.

The Daily Press reported that TomTom officials ranked each metro area on the average time it takes to move around versus to how long it would take to travel to a destination when no other drivers are on the road — known as free-flow conditions.

The report said Hampton Roads was ranked as the 31st most congested city nationally because it takes 18 percent higher on average to get to a destination in congested conditions than in free-flow conditions. The evening rush hour is worse than the morning. It takes 22 percent more time to get around in the morning and 40 percent longer after work.

This study makes for alarming reading. Drivers become more frustrated in congested conditions and there is more scope for accidents occurring. Even so, our cities are not nearly as bad as in 30 other major metros with more than 800,000 residents.

If you are stuck on traffic on I-264, it can feel bad. However, Hampton Roads is not nearly as bad as Los Angeles in California, which was ranked by TomTom as having the worst congestion in the USA and the 10th worst in the world.

Other cities that have worse congestion problems than Hampton Roads are Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Houston and Miami.

We frequently read about serious accidents on the highways of Hampton Roads during the morning and evening commutes. We help people who are injured due to the fault of an impatient or a reckless or a distracted driver. In 2014, an estimated 2.3 million people were hurt in motor vehicle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you have sustained injuries due to the fault of another driver, call us at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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