The Covid-19 pandemic has led to less traffic on the road in Florida and across the country, thanks largely to slowed economic activity, stay at home orders and a shift for many to teleworking. Still, driving has become more dangerous, according to new data.
The total number of traffic accident deaths declined in the first half of 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But, with motorists driving a lot less, the rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled jumped, the federal agency said.
“Road safety is always our top priority, and while we are encouraged by today’s reports showing a continued decline in total fatalities in 2019 and into the first half of 2020, we are concerned by the trend since April showing an increased fatality rate,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens said in a prepared statement announcing the new statistics.
NHTSA says more people deciding to get behind the wheel with drugs or alcohol in their systems during the pandemic is partially to blame. The agency also said motorists appear to be driving faster and that fewer drivers and passengers are wearing seatbelts.
“Now, more than ever, we should be watching ourselves for safe driving practices and encouraging others to do the same,” Owens said. “It’s irresponsible and illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, taking risks not only with one’s own life but with the lives of others.”
Legal Rights for People Injured in Florida Car Crashes
Anyone who is injured in a car or other accident in Florida has the right to seek compensation from those responsible, whether it is a negligent driver or a manufacturer who puts a defective vehicle on the road.
Drivers, under Florida law, owe others what lawyers and judges in the Sunshine State call a “duty of care” to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. A driver that does not live up to this responsibility - by speeding, drinking and driving or texting behind the wheel, for example - is considered negligent and responsible for any accidents that happen as a result.
The money damages typically available in Florida car accident cases include compensation for current and future medical bills, property damage, missed wages, and any impact on your long-term earning capacity.
Speak with a Villages Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Florida, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the collision. It is vital that you have an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner.
Tim Babiarz is a Villages accident attorney who has been fighting for people injured in crashes for more than two decades. He is a tenacious litigator who is committed to helping people get the full compensation available under the law.
Our office is conveniently located in the Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout the area, including in Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield and beyond. Call (352) 205-7559 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Villages accident attorney.