Nearly 228,000 people commute into downtown Seattle each day, according to a report by Commute Seattle. And the average travel time to work, for King County commuters, is 26.6 minutes, according to U.S. Census Bureau 2007-to-2011 data, which shows this is slightly more than the 25.5-minute one-way average workers across the country face each day.
While Washington DOT data shows the number of collisions in the state steadily decreased from 2007 to 2011, it also indicates 5pm, when many people start out for the post-work commute, as the time of day when the most collisions occur statewide.
The Seattle Department of Transportation offers several programs and initiatives aimed at improving traffic and commutes. But in the event that you are involved in a car accident during your commute, here’s a guide to help you directly after the crash and in the weeks following to repair damage to your vehicle.