Traffic Study: Despite Transit Options, Most In Seattle Still Drive To Work

Updated on: 11/8/2019

According to a recent study from PEMCO Insurance, despite the increase in transit options in the greater Seattle area, most commuters still prefer to drive themselves.

When PEMCO asked participants what their main method of commuting was, more than 90% of respondents said they drove.

Despite hot button topics in the Seattle are like Sound transit and light rail expansion, the overwhelming majority of respondents chose to drive, with walking being the second top choice and light rail being the least common option.

When asked if commuters would consider changing transit methods, 25% said they would consider walking or biking more, while 23% said they would consider light rail.

What Does This Mean For You?

With more cars on the road, it’s easy to assume more traffic, longer commutes, and with more time spent in the car, comes an increased risk of accidents.

In bad traffic remaining calm and avoiding incidents of road rage and staying attentive even in stop and go traffic are both key ways to stay safe during a commute.

The study suggested that more drivers would be open to switching their commute to biking or walking than riding light rail, which also poses it’s own potential hazards.

It’s always important to be aware of pedestrians and cyclists on the roads, but with more and more inexperienced cyclists switching their commute, or even just using bike share options for specific trips, drivers need to be even more cautious with riders on the road.

If you switch your trip and start walking, biking, or even commuting by any public transit it’s important to make sure you’re prepared and aware of the different rules of the road for pedestrians and cyclists.

For more information about traffic safety check out our free informational books, Wheels Of Justice for cyclists, and Right Of Way, Washington State Pedestrian Law for pedestrians.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident of any kind, the Professional Personal Injury Attorneys at Davis Law Group offer free case evaluations for accident victims, and you can request one today by calling 206-727-4000 or by using the chat or contact options on this page.

Chris Davis
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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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