The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has previously blogged about the risk of more destructive car accidents becoming possible during the coronavirus outbreak. New preliminary data from the National Safety Council has confirmed that fatal crashes became much more prevalent nationally in March, just as states began implementing stay at home orders. The data show that the fatality rate per mile driven was 14 percent higher in March 2020 when compared to March 2019. Excess speeding and reckless driving is likely to blame for the increase. Overall fatalities were down due to fewer drivers on the roads.
The National Safety Council expects the increased fatality rate to persist, even as states begin to open up more and more for business. Memorial Day weekend is usually one of the deadliest times to be on the roads, but could see fewer overall fatalities due to many people deciding against traveling. It remains to be seen whether or not the overall risk remains the same as a more normal year. In 2019, AAA estimated 43 million Americans would travel over the holiday. This year, AAA couldn’t even provide an estimate due to the unique circumstances, but did predict that fewer people would travel this year. The National Safety Council estimates the fewest amount of Memorial Day traffic fatalities since 2014.
If you are traveling this Memorial Day weekend, be extra vigilant. Fewer vehicles on the road does not mean fewer risks! Please resist the urge to speed excessively, drive recklessly, or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth wishes everyone a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend!
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