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What Is Rat-Running?

For many Americans, the reality of a slow, grueling trek through several miles of traffic can ruin the spirits. However, traffic routes tend to provide the most direct, safest way to get from point A to point B. For some drivers, though, traffic is simply unacceptably sluggish. Instead, these drivers may zip through residential areas and alleyways, using any sort of side-street or back-road to get to their destination without sitting in too much traffic. While attractive, this sort of behavior can also be extremely dangerous.

If you’ve been injured by a careless driver, contact the Rhinelander car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.

The Dangers of Rat-Running

When a person cuts through a residential area in order to cut down on their travel time, there can be some serious repercussions. Although not characteristic of all drivers, many drive with considerably less care for the established traffic laws through these streets and may not pay attention to nearby pedestrians. The following are some of the problems associated with rat-running:

  • Running through stop signs
  • Speeding
  • Illegal passing
  • Ignoring pedestrians

Many residential areas have attempted to cut back on rat-running by implementing special rules that discourage through traffic. Specifically, motorists may not be allowed to turn down a certain street during established rush hour times, directly targeting rat-running behaviors. Additionally, some communities have increased the overall number of one-way streets in order to reduce unwanted directional traffic.

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If you have been injured by an irresponsible driver, there may be legal action available for you. For more information regarding your rights, contact the Rhinelander car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.

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