The coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the globe has caused unprecedented levels of devastation. The United States alone has passed 60,000 total fatalities due to COVID-19, and that number is expected to continue to rise. In California, there has been one bright spot – the number of traffic fatalities and deaths has been cut in half according to a report by the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, car accident attorneys want to discuss this study as well as what drivers can do to remain safe as the economy begins to reopen.
What we know right now about California traffic deaths
Data shows that there are significantly fewer drivers on California’s roadways. Estimates show that many highways have had more than half of their traffic volume reduced. The University of California study shows that traffic crashes have been reduced from approximately 1,000 per day to 500 per day and that incidents involving injury or death have been reduced from approximately 400 per day to 200 per day. Researchers estimate that this has saved the state approximately $40 million per day in costs related to property damage, treatment of injuries, lost work time, insurance claims, and equivalent loss of life costs.
The overall data relating to traffic crashes this year will likely look much different than in previous years. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were approximately 272,000 total traffic crash injuries and more than 3,500 traffic crash fatalities during the latest reporting year of data.
However, California and the rest of the United States have begun to slowly open up various parts of their economy. As this begins to happen, traffic will also start to increase. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we encourage all drivers to remain vigilant as they begin to head back to work and head out to run everyday errands. We particularly encourage drivers to watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians who have become accustomed to the roadways being less crowded.
Various studies from other states have found that drivers who have remained on the roadway during this pandemic are operating at higher speeds and are more likely to drive while distracted. Both of these driving behaviors can lead to devastating accidents.
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If you or somebody you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our knowledgeable and experienced team has the resources necessary to conduct a full investigation into the incident and secure compensation on your behalf. This includes coverage of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Los Angeles car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 310-997-0904 for a free consultation.