The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged Washington and the rest of the United States. As of this writing, there have been more than 1.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases across the country and nearly 80,000 deaths. These numbers are expected to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. However, America’s economy is beginning to reopen, and drivers in Washington can expect traffic to increase. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our Spokane car accident attorneys want to encourage everybody to remain vigilant on the roadways in order to avoid horrific crashes.
How has traffic been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic?
There is no denying the traffic has significantly dropped off in and around Spokane over the last few months. In Washington, along with most of the rest of the United States, stay at home orders have taken much of the traffic off the roadways. Studies from various state Departments of Transportation have reported that major cities have seen a decline in traffic of more than 50%. California has reported that their number of traffic crashes and fatalities have both been cut in half since the same period of time last year.
Interestingly, data from the Washington State Department of Transportation so far shows a relatively minor decline in fatal collisions. This year, there were 61 fatalities in March and April as a result of traffic crashes. There has been an average of 71 fatalities for these months over the last five years.
Regardless of whether or not traffic fatalities and injuries have dropped, the truth is that the economy is about to open back up. Even a phased reopening will result in more traffic on the roadways, and we need to be prepared. We encourage every driver to remain vigilant on the roadways, particularly around pedestrians and bicyclists who have grown accustomed to having less traffic around. Studies from across the country have shown that, of the drivers who have remained on the roadways, they are operating at higher speeds than usual, and many jurisdictions are reporting an increase in distracted driving behaviours.
During the latest reporting year in Spokane, the DOT reported that there were more than 4,300 car accidents. These resulted in more than 1,500 total injuries and nine fatalities. As we move forward and begin to emerge from this global health crisis, we want everyone to remain safe on the roadways. One injury and one death are too much.
Let us get to work on your behalf
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligent actions, seek legal assistance immediately. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we have the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This can include coverage of your medical bills, any lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more.
Our team is continuing operations and taking new clients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. When you need a Spokane car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.