The Importance of Driving Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Regardless of what’s going on in the world, staying safe on the road should always be a top priority for all drivers. After all, there really never is a “good” time for people to be getting into car crashes. People can very easily be seriously injured regardless of when they occur.
With that in mind, it’s important for drivers to remember that car accidents have not been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even though shelter-in-place orders have resulted in fewer car accidents in many areas because fewer cars are on the road, crashes still can happen. Especially when, unfortunately, many people seem to think that the empty roads give them permission to speed and drive recklessly in general.
Police departments throughout the country have reported problems with speeding drivers despite fewer cars being on the road. Here in Michigan, Michigan State Police have issued several citations for drivers going over 100 MPH. In Los Angeles, traffic officials needed to make some changes to traffic lights and pedestrian crosswalk signals on some streets because so many people were driving at excessive speeds.
With the healthcare system so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, it can be difficult for accident victims to get the care they need right now. The reports about speeding around the country are particularly concerning because excessive speed is a contributing factor in many fatal car crashes. According to the NHTSA, 26% of traffic fatalities in 2017 occurred in crashes in which at least one party was speeding. When drivers speed, it becomes more likely that a driver could lose control of their vehicle and drivers also need a greater stopping distance if they see something ahead of them. The extra speed also tends to lead to more serious injuries and greater amounts of property damage.
As we try to navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s often said that it’s important for everyone to do their part. But remember that this isn’t limited to staying home, washing your hands, and wearing a mask while in public. It also means doing everything possible to avoid putting added strain on the healthcare system. This can include driving safely, checking for trip hazards around the house, or making sure your dog is properly restrained so it doesn’t bite anyone while out for a walk. Something as simple as obeying the speed limit helps.
If you’ve been the victim of a car crash during the coronavirus pandemic, we understand how difficult things can be. Don’t hesitate to contact a car accident lawyer with any questions you have about your case. At Goodwin & Scieszka, we’re very experienced in helping Michigan car accident victims get the compensation they need. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
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