It’s no surprise that the global pandemic has impacted traffic and the number of accidents on the roads, given that COVID-19 has changed just about every aspect of daily life in the United States. In fact, the COVID-19 crisis has drastically affected how Americans are driving, according to a report by Autoblog.
With so much of the country under stay-at-home orders, there are fewer cars on the road and insurers are processing fewer claims. Autoblog reports that Snapsheet, which processes claims for insurance companies, is seeing between 40 percent and 50 percent fewer claims than usual. That means that the number of U.S. drivers injured in collisions is lower than it has been in decades.
Even with Crash Rates Down, Dangers Are Still Out There
The downtrend in crashes is good news. Unfortunately, the relatively uncrowded highways in American cities have encouraged reckless drivers to push the limits of their cars. U.S. News & World Report notes that police departments across the country have documented motorists driving at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
When motor vehicles travel at such high speeds, the chance that operators will lose control and crash rises exponentially. It’s much more likely that a driver will spin out and hit a barrier or another vehicle at 100 mph than at 30 mph. Speed limits are designed to protect the public from this kind of reckless driving, but some irresponsible drivers have taken the pandemic as an excuse to break the law.
Police and first responders are already stretched thin handling emergency calls related to the coronavirus, so these negligent drivers are behaving especially dangerously. Unfortunately, local ambulances are being called to treat catastrophic injuries caused by preventable car crashes when they are needed elsewhere.
What to Do If You Are Hurt in a Crash
After a serious car accident caused by a reckless driver, you should not have to struggle to pay medical bills on your own. If you have been hurt by a negligent driver, you can seek compensation from the driver and his or her insurance company. Here are some steps you can take to protect your rights after you have been hurt in a crash:
- Call 911 or a non-emergency line. An official police report is important evidence of your crash.
- Seek medical attention. Don’t wait to be evaluated, since a lag between your crash and treatment may be used to argue that you weren’t seriously hurt.
- Document the scene. Take pictures of your car, the area, and your injuries.
- Contact a lawyer to handle any insurance claims. Remember that insurance companies want to make money, and they do that by avoiding payouts. Don’t make statements to insurance companies without talking to an attorney.
Hurt in a Crash? Talk to a Lawyer Now
If you have been injured in a car crash caused by a reckless motorist during the COVID-19 pandeedmic, you need a powerful legal team on your side. Call Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Douglas D. Ketterman is the originator and founder of Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund where he currently serves as President and Managing Shareholder. Douglas has extensive experience in handling all types of civil litigation. He graduated with honors from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1989 and has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1998 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.