By now, we all recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected nearly every aspect of our lives. As researchers and analysis start to examine auto accident data from 2020, they are finding that pandemic has contributed to a considerable increase in traffic accidents involving severe injuries or death. While the rise in auto accidents has occurred nationwide, major cities like Los Angeles have seen a particularly alarming increase in auto accident injuries and fatalities. Here are some of the reasons why traffic collisions have become more common within the last two years.
Southern California Drivers Traveling at Excessive Speeds
Over the course of 2020, fewer California residents used their vehicles to travel or commute to work. The initial months of the pandemic saw empty freeways and a significant decrease in traffic congestion. However, those who got behind the wheel were more likely to view the open roads as an invitation to exceed posted speed limits. According to findings released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “average speeds increased during Q2 and Q3, and extreme speeds became more common.” When vehicles traveling at unsafe speeds collided, injuries tended to be more severe, and fatalities became more common.
Lax Attitudes Toward Seatbelt Use
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), occupant ejections rose by 20 percent in 2020. More crashes involving unrestrained drivers and passengers occurred during the first year of the pandemic, with vehicle occupants viewing the open roads and perhaps deciding seatbelts were unnecessary. However, individuals not wearing seatbelts at the time of impact tended to receive more catastrophic injuries than those who were properly restrained.
What To Do Following An Auto Accident in Riverside County
The moments, days, and weeks following an auto accident injury in Temecula or Murrieta can be stressful and confusing. Anxiety about costly medical bills, lost wages, and other financial obligations caused by the accident can be overwhelming, especially as you are also coping with your physical recovery. Reach out to an experienced auto accident lawyer to support you during this challenging time. Together, you and your attorney can pursue and recover the compensation you need to support your recovery and move forward.
Call Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, today at (951) 489-3320 to speak with a skilled Temecula auto accident lawyer.