Has COVID Caused Decreased Car Accidents in Phoenix?
The coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted almost every aspect of our daily lives. For many, a lot of these changes have been very difficult to manage. Not all of the changes though have been negative. For instance, busy families going from one activity to another only seeing each other as they pass by are now spending much more quality time together. Another positive development has been the decrease in traffic accidents that is seen not just in Arizona, but across the country.
More people are working from home, staying home, trying to limit their time in public, and as a result, they aren’t driving as much. Statistically, when you have fewer automobiles on the road, you will have fewer crashes. Even as states are beginning to re-open while the traffic has been increasing as a result, in many areas it still isn’t nearly as heavy as it was before the pandemic hit.
How are Crashes Decreasing in Arizona?
Since the virus hit and Arizonians everywhere were told to stay indoors, and the number of crashes was greatly reduced. Traffic collisions decreased in the state by approximately 75%. In the Phoenix metro area, during the two-week duration of time before all the orders to stay indoors were given, there were more than 1,000 crashes. The crash numbers drastically decreased in the two-week period after the orders were given with only 266 Arizona traffic accidents reported.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this was an expected result. During times when the economy is negatively impacted or stalls, crashes respond by also decreasing. We know that the economy goes up and down, and it is important to note that when the economy recovers, it is best to expect those traffic incidents will also see a rise in numbers.
While there are fewer cars on the roads, that doesn’t automatically correlate to responsible driving. The authorities have had to issue their fair share of speeding tickets. It is true, that even when there is little traffic, a car accident can happen. Just one reckless driver can be the source of incredible tragedy. When you are injured in a Phoenix car accident you must recover as much compensation as possible to help you with the expenses associated with your damages. A Phoenix personal injury attorney can help you see your full legal justice.
Speak to an Arizona Car Accident Attorney
It is still important to exercise safe driving practices no matter how many cars are on the roads surrounding you. Even though you may be a safe driver, another party may be reckless and hit you. If you have been in an Arizona car accident you need the support of an Arizona car accident attorney advocating on your behalf. The Arizona personal injury attorneys at ELG have extensive experience helping those who have been victimized in a wreck. Call today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation at (623) 877-3600 and you can speak with one of ELG’s talented and aggressive Phoenix car accident attorneys.