Serious Auto, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in South Florida
As Injury Attorneys in South Florida since 1992, we have consistently tracked the number of accidents on our roads and highways and we’ve also tracked the causes. We have learned that accidents increase around the holidays, just as they do across the country, and of course accidents increase when drugs, alcohol, or speeding and reckless driving are involved.
What we’re seeing now is something truly unique: a possible increase in accidents due to a pandemic. Covid-19.
Covid-19 Accident Statistics
It will take more time and research to determine exactly happening, we do know this:
While 2019 was the third year in a row with fewer deaths, preliminary stats for 2020 are alarming. There are more deaths per mile traveled even through there are fewer cars on the road which means there is some underlying reason. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is compiling reports and they are reporting less frequent use of seat belts, and possible more frequent use of drugs and alcohol by drivers as well as more instances of reckless driving.
Data compiled from crashes to this point indicate that more drivers are under the influence of alcohol than the past few years and more drivers are exceeding the speed limit. It also seems that persons involved in crashes are wearing the seat belts less often than previous years. It’s not possible at this time to say accidents and fatalities are rising directly because of Covid-19 but it could be a factor.
This too Shall Pass
The Covid-19 crisis is unlike anything we have ever faced and it’s normal for people to feel more anxiety, but experts say it will eventually end. Until then we all need to support each other and encourage one another to maintain our composure. Our families and friends depend on us to stay safe and exercise good judgement, which includes safe driving.
If You are in an Accident
The system goes on despite shutdowns, and if you are in an accident we urge you to follow the protocols we have recommended for years. Click here to see our suggested actions to take after an accident.
We are Here to Help – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys
If you have questions, we are here to help. Call us at (954) 356-0006 seven days a week. Our discussions are always confidential.