As people in South Florida empty supermarket shelves due to COVID-19 panic-buying, car accident cases appear to be on the rise. Motorists are reportedly crashing their cars in and around store parking lots while delivery drivers experience their fair share of accidents while trying to get food and supplies to people who prefer to remain at home.
Despite warnings for people to shelter in place, including mandatory stay at home orders in multiple U.S. states, many continue to get in their cars to drive to work or run errands each day in Florida. Our state’s roads may be a bit emptier than usual, but that doesn’t mean that there are fewer accidents.
There are many factors which may contribute to roads being just as dangerous if not more so than usual, such as:
- Distracted driving, as people experience anxiety over whether they will be able to buy essentials at the store and/or general fear and worry about the coronavirus
- An influx of delivery drivers and commercial trucks carrying supplies flooding the roads
- An increased desire to speed, as some motorists view the open road as their personal racetrack
Heavy traffic, distracted driving, and speeding already lead to an enormous number of car accident injuries and fatalities each year. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured every day due to distracted driving. Speeding contributes to 26% of all traffic fatalities based on 2017 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you must leave the house, be careful—car accidents can and still do happen even during troubling times like during the spread of a global pandemic. Our law office remains open and operational, so if you or a loved one finds yourself in need of a Port Charlotte car accident attorney, feel free to reach out. We will continue to serve the people of South Florida throughout this trying period.