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Government Data Indicates Traffic Fatalities Shot up During the Pandemic

By Colorado Attorney-at-law on February 5, 2022

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) early estimates show that 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2020. The agency attributes the increase to several factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Americans drove less in 2020 due to the pandemic, the number of miles driven per person increased. This combined with a decrease in the number of people using mass transit led to a rise in the number of people driving alone, which led to an increase in crashes and fatalities.

If you are injured in a car crash, you should hire a traffic lawyer to navigate the legal process. Whitaker & Penix, LLC can help you understand the applicable laws and regulations and can represent you in court. We can negotiate with the insurance company to get the best possible settlement. Contact a lawyer at Whitaker & Penix, LLC immediately for a consultation. Call us at (970) 368-0602.

Traffic Accidents Due to the Pandemic

Since 2019, the number of traffic fatalities in Colorado has increased. In 2020, there were 622 fatalities on the state’s roads; while the year after, the number multiplied nearly 14%, to 691, in 2021.

Some of the strategies that have been implemented to try to reduce the number of traffic deaths include:

  • Increasing the number of officers on patrol
  • Targeted enforcement of seatbelt and distracted driving laws
  • Working with communities to improve road design and increase driver awareness

Despite these efforts, the number of traffic deaths continues to rise. In order to make a significant impact, we need to continue to work together to find new ways to keep our roads safe.

Several factors have contributed to this increase in accidents. Many people are now working from home and have more time on their hands. This has led to more people taking to the roads for leisure activities such as going for a drive or going for a walk. The streets are much quieter than before, so people are driving faster and taking more risks. The Covid-19 pandemic has decreased traffic police on the roads, which means there is less traffic law enforcement.

All of these factors have resulted in a significant increase in traffic accidents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Types of Accidents

Though there are fewer drivers on the road, accidents still happen. In addition, many drivers are new to this type of traffic and may cause an accident. Common accidents caused by this type of traffic include:

Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents during the pandemic, as drivers are more likely to be distracted by their phones or other devices. This can include anything from sending a text message to checking social media.

Impaired driving is another major cause of car accidents. Due to drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or simply fatigued from working long hours, accidents can happen more often.

Aggressive driving is another common type of car accident during the pandemic. This is typically caused by stressed-out and impatient drivers, who may be more likely to engage in risky behavior like tailgating or speeding.

Hire a Lawyer

After being involved in a car accident, it is important to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer will be able to assess the value of your claim and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Whitaker & Penix, LLC specializes in personal injury law and has a high success rate in the court room. Contact (970) 368-0602 to talk about your specific case.

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