The entire country has been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic for some time now. While the death toll continues to rise due to this virus, we also need to be aware of some of the other effects the pandemic has had, including on our driving behavior. Many places across the country have reported an increase in reckless driving. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our car accident attorneys in Spokane want to discuss some tips for staying safe on the roadways during the COVID-19 crisis.
How did less traffic cause unsafe driving?
When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted to stay at home orders across the state, traffic on the roadways decreased rather significantly. This was a trend noticed in just about every area around the country. Unfortunately, reports of reckless driving also increased, according to reports from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Police all over the country have said that they have seen an increase in speed as well as other reckless driving behaviors. Some drivers, it seems, think that less traffic means that they can do what they want.
As traffic levels begin to return to normal, we want to remind drivers to take the following steps to ensure that they remain safe on the roadways.
- Remember the speed limits. While you should always be mindful of the posted speed limit, it bears reminding as drivers return to the roadways.
- Keep your eyes on the road. As the roadways become more crowded, we need to be sure that your eyes are not focused on your smartphone instead of the road. Distracted driving is responsible for an incredible amount of crashes each year in the United States.
- No drinking and driving. As life begins to return to normal, many people may want to enjoy a safe “social distancing” night at a bar or restaurant. Please have plans for a designated driver (one that is in your household, so as to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19).
- Watch for pedestrians. When stay at home orders went into effect, many pedestrians got used to there not being much traffic on the roadways. As you return to driving, keep an eye out for pedestrians who may still not be used to increases in traffic.
Contact our Spokane car accident attorneys today
If you or somebody you love does sustain an injury that was caused by the careless actions of another driver, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we have the experience necessary to fully investigate your claim and secure compensation on your behalf. This includes:
- Coverage of all crash-related medical bills
- Lost income if you are unable to work while recovering
- Various out-of-pocket household expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross driver negligence