Fatal Crashes And Risky Driving On The Rise During The Pandemic

You’d assume that driving would be safer during the pandemic as there are fewer people out on the roads. However, research shows that the exact opposite is true; fatal crashes and risky driving are rising right now.

Details On The NHTSA Report

According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the roads are noticeably more dangerous during COVID than before. The report states that while fewer cars are on the road, more people are speeding and engaging in risky driving behaviors. The increase is partially due to diminished law enforcement stops to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus. Also, in the report, seatbelt use is down, and more people have died in car crashes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Some additional findings from the report include:

  • Fatality rates increased 30% in the second quarter, reversing a three-year downward trend in road fatalities.
  • During the second quarter of the year, the fatality rate was 1.42 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, sharply higher than the first quarter rate of 1.10, which was in line with historical trends.
  • The study revealed a higher prevalence of alcohol, cannabinoids, and opioids in crash victims during the quarter than the months before the pandemic.

What’s Causing The Surge In Risky Driving And Fatal Accidents?

According to research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the increase is likely due to increased stress, more idle time, increased consumption of drugs and alcohol, and greater opportunities for speeding and stunt driving.

“These are troubling reports. Now more than ever, we should be watching ourselves for safe driving practices and encouraging others to do the same. More open roads are no excuse for speeding. Risky driving not only endangers your own life, but also the life of others.” – David Cohn, managing partner and attorney at Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

What To Do If You’re Involved In An Accident

If you’re involved in a car accident, then please remember to do the following:

  • 1 – Get the other driver’s name, address, insurance information, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), and drivers’ license number. Also, make sure to write down the names of passengers and any witnesses to the accident. If you can, get any witness phone numbers you can.
  • 2 – File a report with the police, but do not talk to anyone else about the accident or sign anything without first consulting a Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney.
  • 3 – Obtain medical attention immediately, even if you don’t think you’ve suffered an injury that requires it. Explain to your doctor all your symptoms and complaints you have felt since the accident.

If you or someone you know is injured in an accident, contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. Reach us by calling (661) 323-4000 or fill out a free consultation form at chainlaw.com.