Despite the decrease in driving and miles driven for Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, some states saw an increase in car wreck fatalities compared to previous years, and Arkansas was one of them. John Gore, attorney at Caddell Reynolds, visited the set of Good Day NWA to discuss these facts and summer driving safety tips. A video clip of his appearance is available below.
Arkansas saw a 16% increase in traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2020 compared to previous years. This comes as a surprise because during this time, Americans were driving less and the number of miles driven was also less than previous years.
All across America, we are seeing a pattern of speed increases and officials are say that this is a major culprit in the increase of accidents and fatalities during this time. In Los Angeles, the average 5PM speed jumped from 39 mph to 61 mph during the first two weeks in April.
Because of these statistics and the time of the year, it is important to keep safety precautions in mind while driving anywhere this summer. Because, according to AAA, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days for young drivers. Crashes that involve teen drivers kill 10 people a day during the summer months – a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.
Summer Safety Driving Tips
Now that states are returning to normal and there are more people on the roads, it is important to keep safety precautions in mind as we are driving. Here are some tips to help ensure safety while on the road:
- Don’t speed
- Don’t drive distracted – Avoid using your phone, putting directions in your GPS while operating your vehicle or checking social media
- Always wear a seatbelt
- Take breaks – Make sure to stop for food and switch drivers if possible. If you need to, stay at a hotel
- Watch out for motorcyclists and bicyclists
Caddell Reynolds Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another, the experienced and compassionate Personal Injury Attorneys at Caddell Reynolds can help you and your family to move forward.