In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people stayed home and spent less time commuting by car. As a result, roadways throughout Southern California were much more empty. Although fewer cars were on the road, highway patrol soon found that those drivers on the road were more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors, such as speeding, driving while under the influence of alcohol, or driving while distracted. Like other states, California saw an uptick in auto accidents, injuries, and fatalities. As pandemic restrictions ease and cars take to the roads with greater frequency, it appears as if this increase in accidents will continue.
Uptick in Auto Accident Fatalities and Injuries Nationwide
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2020 was the deadliest year in terms of traffic fatalities since 2007. These increases in fatalities occurred even when fewer cars were on the road, with more drivers engaging in risky or reckless driving behaviors. In the Los Angeles area, the number of traffic fatalities and auto accident injuries in 2021 is on track to exceed 2020, which was already one of the most dangerous years for Los Angeles drivers.
California Has Some of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Roadways
According to NHTSA data on traffic injuries and fatalities, the Zebra compiled a list of the ten most dangerous roads in the country. Interstate 5, which runs up and down the state of California, is ranked number 3, with San Diego County ranking 13th in the nation for motor vehicle-related fatalities per 100,000 people. Interstate 80 and Interstate 15 also rank among the top ten most dangerous freeways in the country.
Staying Safe and Pursuing Compensation After an Accident
In light of these troubling statistics, drivers in Riverside County should try to practice safe driving behaviors to reduce the risk of a crash. Wearing seatbelts and observing posted speed limits can reduce the likelihood of suffering an auto accident injury. However, accidents still occur, even to the most cautious of drivers. If you’ve suffered an auto accident injury in Temecula or Murrieta, you have the right to pursue compensation that can go towards the medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses stemming from the accident. Call a trusted Temecula auto accident lawyer to discuss your case.
Call Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, today at (951) 489-3320 to discuss your case with a dedicated and experienced Temecula auto accident lawyer.