Safety advocates urge drivers to be more cautious as COVID-19 restrictions loosen
Due to the social distancing guidelines established amid the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people in Chicago have traveled over the last few months. Residents were only urged to do so for essential purposes, such as to attend work or buy groceries.
The pandemic has already contributed to an increase in speeding and reckless driving, as we discussed in May 2020.
Will car accidents increase as Chicago loosens restrictions?
For months, Chicago's roadways have been desolate. As the restrictions begin to loosen, recreational activities increase and businesses reopen, traffic will gradually begin to rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is urging motorists to use caution when traveling in the coming weeks and months.
Jonathan Adkins, the GHSA Executive Director, explains why:
“Many of us may be a little rusty behind the wheel, so it’s critical that drivers give the road and everyone on it their complete attention. Safety doesn’t take a holiday. Remember to buckle up, drive sober, stow your cell phone, and watch your speed. We have lost too many of our friends and neighbors, and we do not want to lose any more to traffic crashes.”
The GHSA raises two concerns that could lead to an increase in crashes:
- Drunk driving: More impaired drivers could be on the road as restaurants and bars reopen.
- Increased traffic congestion: The roadways could become saturated with motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as more people shy away from public transit and ride-shares. According to a recent analysis by the IBM Institute of Business Value, nearly one-quarter of survey participants would rely exclusively on their personal vehicle for transportation due to COVID-19.
The State Highway Safety Offices have launched an initiative to conduct social media and advertising campaigns across the nation, as well as increase police enforcement of traffic laws.
Stay safe and contact a car accident attorney if you are hurt in a crash
The Chicago car accident attorneys at Coplan + Crane urge everyone to stay safe in the coming weeks and months. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash caused by someone's negligent actions, call us. We can go over the legal options available to you.
Our attorneys will investigate your crash, tally up the damages (medical, wage loss, car damage, and non-economic damages), place an accurate value on your claim, and urge insurance companies to compensate you to the fullest extent.
We offer free and confidential case evaluations. To get started, contact us online or call 800-394-6002.