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Less Traffic During Quarantine, But More Dangerous Roadways.

By: Attorney Marc Brotman

The  COVID quarantine has resulted in less traffic. People are both making less car trips and driving fewer miles. The roads are noticeably emptier. But that doesn't mean they're safer. In fact, in some ways, the roads are more dangerous than they have been in  a number of years.  

Many states have actually seen a rise in the total number of roadway fatalities during the COVID lockdown. Further, according to the National Safety Council, the fatality rate for miles driven has increased nationally by 14%. This means that, even though fatalities may be lower in absolute numbers, the number of people killed by traffic violence for each mile driven has gotten bigger. According to the National Safety Council, "[t]he mileage death rate per 100 million vehicle miles driven was 1.22 in March [2020] compared to 1.07 in March 2019."  

In short, it is more dangerous to be on the road during quarantine. There could be a number of reasons for this. One likely reason is that people are driving faster because the roads are emptier. Studies have routinely shown that speeding by motorists is a killer. The faster cars and trucks travel, the more deaths and severe injuries that result. Additionally, the federal government has relaxed regulations on commercial drivers meant to prevent collisions from fatigued driving. As the National Safety Council warns in this report, "drowsy driving is impaired driving."  

If you or a loved has been hurt by someone else's careless driving, do not hesitate to contact Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman for aggressive and compassionate representation. We have an experienced team of personal injury attorneys read to help.

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