The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside-down for many Americans. It’s hard to find too many silver linings associated with a global pandemic, but if there is one, it would have to be a significant decrease in rates of auto accidents in many of the nation’s largest cities.
Just a few examples:
- Los Angeles, California saw about half as many traffic collisions reported to police in a week in mid-march as it would in typical circumstances. Those numbers remained fairly steady afterward.
- Seattle, Washington saw just 28 calls from March 17 to 23 classified as “motor vehicle accidents,” about half the typical rate.
- San Francisco, California saw less than half the typical number of traffic collision calls within that same time frame.
These significant decreases in traffic collisions have occurred in major cities across the United States. A big part of this is due to the stay-at-home orders that were implemented in most states. With fewer people making their daily commutes to and from work and with little reason to leave the house, there are simply fewer cars on the road to get into accidents.
As many states have begun to lift their stay-at-home restrictions, it is likely the data will begin to regress back to the mean. However, just because stay-at-home orders will be ending does not mean suddenly everyone will be living their lives as normal. It is expected that many companies will still allow employees to work from home, and that many people will be cautious about returning to their usual routines.
If you or a loved one suffers injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh for legal representation.