As I was taking my daughter to school today, I realized that the traffic was going slower than normal. Cars were moving very slow for miles. Eventually, the signs were informing us that there had been an accident and to drive to the far right lanes. I thought that was odd, but I proceeded to comply. As we got closer to the scene of the accident, I realized that there were emergency vehicles on the left lanes, the cars were piled up and there was confusion all around it.
Drivers were not helping the situation either. I believe the term used is "Rubber-Necker!" Too many to count. I realized that the reason for the slow down was not the accident, but people stopping to: (see, investigate, snoop, take pictures, and others) just simply chaos. I could not believe that drivers were actually stopping their cars to see the accident. The juncture of 281 and Hildebrand is a very dangerous because the road has a "bottle-neck" effect to it. That means that it goes from 5 lanes to 3 lanes in seconds, and people cannot react to it. That is one of the reasons why so many accident happen in that area.
To top it off, today was sort of unusual, there were two accidents back to back within 1/2 mile of each other, on the same road. This was the same exit where weeks later, there had been a major catastrophe. The reason for this one is simple, too many cars coming fast from 281 north going south towards downtown, they get to the bottle-neck area of Hildebrand and the far right lanes become a disaster zone. Cars stars acting like bumping cars when this happens. How many of you have seen this?
What would be the solution to this problem? Is the city of San Antonio noticing all these accidents? Has anyone taken any statistical data to help with a solution? I think is time that someone notice and take action. I realize that this could affect my business as a Personal Injury Attorney in San Antonio; however, the lives of others is more important to me than to make money. Real people suffer when either reckless drivers or unsafe road conditions are the culprit for major accidents. Its time to do something about it.