Risky Business: Driving in a Pandemic & Post-Pandemic World
U.S. traffic deaths are up despite the coronavirus pandemic. The results of a new study reveal that the number of people killed on the nation’s highways rose 4.6% in the first nine months of 2020 despite coronavirus lockdowns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 28,190 people died in traffic crashes from January through September of last year, up from 26,941 in the same period of 2019. How did this happen during stay-at-home orders?
COVID-19 had a big impact on the way people drive. Drivers engaged more in risky behaviors – drug and alcohol use, speeding, and no seatbelt – while operating a motor vehicle during the coronavirus pandemic. These behaviors heightened the chance of fatalities in a crash.
The takeaway from the NHTSA’s report? Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, always wear seatbelts, avoid driving while drowsy, and obey the speed limit in order to stay safe. We ask everyone, including drivers and passengers, to take driving seriously and to encourage everyone they know to do the same. Driving requires responsibility and maturity at all times. One poor choice – speeding, distracted driving, careless or non-sober driving – can turn into a tragedy.
If you or a loved one was unfortunate to be involved in a severe car accident, call Glotzer & Kobren, P.A. at 561-300-6900. We will do everything in our power to help navigate you and your family through your legal claim. Because the circumstances in every automobile accident case are different, it’s important that you consult with one of our knowledgeable attorneys to determine what type of compensation you may be entitled to after a serious crash.
The wheels of justice are turning. Florida courts are gradually increasing in-person activities in a responsible manner that will allow the courts to fulfill constitutional obligations, while doing all that they can to protect public health and safety. As restrictions are lifted, more in-person civil jury trials will commence with temperature screenings and social distancing measures in place.
It is vital that you hire a skilled, aggressive advocate to ensure that you receive full compensation for your medical bills, your lost income, and your pain and suffering after an accident. Protect your rights and get the resources you need to move forward. Our experienced and knowledgeable Boca Raton-based personal injury law firm will help you evaluate your case in order to determine your options and make a plan for your recovery. Contact us at 561-300-6900 to schedule your free consultation. We serve all of South Florida, and there’s NO FEE unless we WIN.