PERSONAL INJURY I CAR ACCIDENTS I FAQ CAR ACCIDENTS I FREQUENTLY ASKED CAR ACCIDENT QUESTIONS – Rise of Fatal Car Accidents Amid Decreased Covid-19 Traffic
June 21, 2020
Amid coronavirus lockdowns covid-19 traffic has lowered the overall number of car crashes, however fatal car accident rates, measured by fatality rates per miles driven, have increased nationally by approximately 14%. California, like other states, have noticed a spike in deadly car accidents despite emptier roadways and decreased covid-19 traffic.
The Los Angeles police department, have concluded that emptier roads are more dangerous for two reasons. First California drivers are taking advantage of the reduced covid-19 traffic by speeding on emptier roadways. The surge of speeding has caused more fatal car accidents. The number of deadly car accidents resulting from high-speed crashes have spiked since coronavirus lockdowns. In fact, the California highway patrol has reported an 87% increase in tickets given to drivers going more than 100-MPH amid coronavirus lockdowns and decreased covid-19 traffic. Secondly there is a spike in pedestrian car accidents. With stay-at-home orders in place there is a much higher number of people walking and biking. With increased foot traffic comes a rise in pedestrian car accidents, many of these car accidents resulting in fatalities.
Many deadly car accidents amid covid-19 may also result from an increase of alcohol and drug use. While there is no published data as to what percentage of fatal car accidents during coronavirus lockdowns have resulted from alcohol and drug related motor vehicle collisions; California highway patrol have reported an increased number of drunk drivers.
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