What is the impact of COVID-19 on Car Accidents in California?
The Coronavirus pandemic has kept many people out of work, changed the way we do business, placed many people in the hospital, and has adversely affected the economy. When California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, issued the stay at home order on March 19, 2020, no-one knew how it would change people’s daily lives. But, like most other things, there is a bright side to having fewer people driving the roads.
Fewer Cars on the Road
Anyone who has driven on California roads knows how congested they are. But the pandemic and stay-at-home orders have dramatically changed that. There have been fewer people going on vacations, visiting beaches, and parks, or taking the family out to dinner. Instead, many of the drivers are necessary workers such as doctors, nurses, and other hospital and care workers, food delivery services, and truck drivers delivering products to stores.
Significant Drop in Auto Accidents and Fatalities
A recent COVID-19 traffic report study by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) found that there was a significantly reduced number of crashes causing injuries or fatalities. Since March 19, 2020, the accident rate has dropped by fifty percent, from approximately 1,000 crashes and 400 injuries/fatalities per day to 500 and 200 per day respectively.
Although there have been fewer traffic accidents, drivers must be extra careful while on the road. The roads are less congested, but there has been an increase in reckless driver behavior. More motorists are driving faster, and that makes the roads more dangerous. Don’t let the open roads distract you from driving safely. Don’t drink and drive, pay attention to the road, drivers, and pedestrians, and drive at a reasonable speed. If you have any questions about your car accident, call a car accident attorney Los Angeles for assistance.
Police and Ambulances are Still Responding
When the Coronavirus Pandemic was in full-force, ambulances and police officers were arriving at accident scenes a little later than expected, and it took them longer to react while at the scene. Now that the pandemic has slowed, those first responders are getting to accident scenes quicker. If you are involved in a minor accident and no-one is injured, the police may not respond because they are busy at another accident scene. Whether they get there or not, you should always gather information, take pictures, and report the accident to the police and your insurance company. If you are injured, call the police and ambulance personnel and follow their instructions.
Seeking Medical Attention Following the Accident
The Coronavirus Pandemic is making people scared and uneasy, and they may be reluctant to seek proper medical care for fear of contracting the Coronavirus. But keep in mind that it’s essential to obtain medical attention if you are injured, especially if your injuries are serious. Hospitals and other health facilities isolate Coronavirus patients and keep them distant from other patients. Remember, waiting to seek medical attention for your automobile accident injuries could make your car accident injuries worse. If you have any doubts, call your local hospital for medical advice. You should also call car accident lawyers Los Angeles for help.
Can I File a Personal Injury Case During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Although courthouse personnel is limiting in-person access to the court buildings, personal injury attorneys can file motions online. Court hearings are being held on the telephone and via video conferencing. Some districts have even extended the statute of limitations, giving injured persons and their auto accident lawyer Los Angeles Ca additional time to file lawsuits.
Whether you are injured in a car accident as a driver or passenger, while on a bicycle, motorcycle, or as a pedestrian, you can call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers for advice. We will explain your rights, investigate your accident, and file the necessary paperwork with the courts to get your lawsuit started. Get a FREE consultation today!