Center City’s Colonial Charm Can Make Driving Dangerous

Center City, Philadelphia’s colonial charm makes Philly inadequate for the thousands of cars, trucks, Septa buses, and even horse-drawn carriages trying to get around. As taxi cabs move about the city they often run red lights, ignore stop signs, and dart across busy lanes, cutting off other drivers. They create very hazardous driving conditions and cause many of the local car accidents within Philadelphia. Septa buses stop frequently and weave in and out of traffic on Market Street, Broad Street, Walnut Street, JFK Boulevard and other Center City streets.

Cobblestones, potholes, and streetcar tracks make for treacherous driving within Philadelphia, especially for those who are new to or just visiting the area. Those visiting Philadelphia will likely take in Philly’s historical national monuments, its museums and science centers, the Philadelphia Zoo, Boathouse Row and other attractions. Tourists often create situations which cause car accidents along the streets of Philadelphia, especially along the Ben Franklin Parkway with its many traffic circles.

Broad Street, the longest street in the city, bisects the city from north to south. Hundreds of students utilize this street to access Temple University and La Salle University’s urban campus. Traveling south on Broad Street, drivers eventually reach City Hall at the intersection of Broad Street and Market Street. Recently, Broad Street, south of Market Street has gained renown as the Avenue of the Arts where the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, and the Merriam Theatre are located. Moreover, several famous restaurants are located on South Broad Street. Theater and concertgoers, harried diners and busy urban workers coupled with too many cars, taxis and buses make for frequent car accidents and pedestrian accidents, often resulting in fatalities.

Following Market Street westbound from Center City will take drivers onto Amtrak’s Thirtieth Street Station. Located atop the Schuykill Expressway, this beautiful rail station handles thousands of travelers every day. Stations draw taxicabs and many other pedestrians and vehicles of all kinds. The train station was built long before there were so many cars traveling this part of west Philadelphia. Too much traffic, taxis, out of town travelers around the station makes for frequent car accidents and pedestrian injuries and fatal accidents each year.
Philadelphia is home to the world champion Philadelphia Phillies who make their home at the Citizens Bank Park, located in South Philadelphia, and also home to the Philadelphia Eagles who play at Lincoln Financial Center Park, and to the Philadelphia Flyers whose home stadium is the Wachovia Center.

On any given day/night when a Philadelphia sporting event is being hosted “at home” or a concert is taking place at any of the arenas, those traveling to the event can expect long delays on Interstate 95 accessing the arenas. Interstate 95 is nearly always congested but the traffic conditions are exacerbated on game days. Impatient motorists, those operating cell phones while driving, and motorists who disobey traffic rules cause unnecessary car accidents on I-95.

Center City Philadelphia, PA car accident lawyer, Michael L. Saile, Jr., Esq., of Cordisco & Saile LLC, is experienced in handling personal injury cases resulting from car accidents. If you are injured in a Center City Philadelphia, PA car accident, contact our office for a free consultation.