Coronavirus has affected the lives of everyone across Texas. Schools and businesses have temporarily closed and many people are working from home. This has caused traffic on our streets to go down, but how has it affected traffic accidents?
It may surprise you to learn that Texas still has a problem with auto accident fatalities despite the coronavirus lockdown. Since Texas is pushing to reopen and Labor Day is almost here, there are some things you need to know about this new traffic trend.
How Has COVID-19 Affected Traffic Accidents?
Back in May, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a surprising report. It shows that national auto accident fatalities increased by 14 percent in March, despite nationwide lockdowns that slashed traffic almost in half. Texas was one of 11 states that experienced a motor vehicle fatality increase.
Thankfully, that trend seems to have changed as time passed. Texas A&M Transportation Institute reported that all traffic crashes and fatalities were down in April. However, there were two issues that researchers noted. First, traffic fatalities only dropped about 20 percent even though crashes dropped by 50 percent. Second, the proportion of crashes that resulted in fatalities also went up by 50 percent. So, what does that mean?
Why Are Texas Traffic Fatalities Not Lower?
Despite the number of auto accidents decreasing in our state, more crashes are resulting in fatalities. Authorities blame reckless driving for this trend.
More drivers are speeding due to the lack of other vehicles on the road. So, when crashes happen, they are often more severe and deadly. This also increases the likelihood that crash survivors may suffer more catastrophic injuries.
How Can We Fight This Trend?
The NSC is recommending that drivers take certain safety measures while on the road during these times.
- Follow state and local mandates
- Obey the posted speed limit
- Buckle up
- Do not drive while distracted
- Practice defensive driving
Though fewer drivers are on the road, staying vigilant is even more important. More people are driving due to efforts to reopen the state. And with Labor Day a few days away, there is the potential for an increase in drunk driving.
Can a Lawyer Help After a Coronavirus Car Crash?
During these unprecedented times, courts and law firms continue to operate as essential businesses. That means if a negligent driver injures you or a member of your family, we may be able to help you. At The Law Offices of Aaron Allison, we have the skill and experience to handle your case. We recognize the unique needs of our clients, and work to help them get the compensation they need after an accident. For more information, please reach out to us by calling (512) 474-8346 or by filling out our contact form.