COVID-19 Empties Streets, Making Room for Driver Recklessness
Across Texas and throughout the United States, most people are hunkering down in their homes, practicing social distancing, and only getting in their vehicles for essentials such as running to the grocery store or going to work. The lack of traffic on the roads has some predicting there will be a drop in crash statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic, as fewer vehicles should automatically translate to fewer collisions.
In fact, more than a dozen car insurance companies are offering COVID-19 rebate programs to return a portion of premium payments because they expect customers to drive less — and therefore reduce their risk of accidents — while under stay-at-home orders, the Houston Chronicle recently reported.
Still, it is important to understand that just because the number of accidents may drop with the volume of traffic, the rate of crashes may not follow suit. With the streets almost empty, some drivers are taking the shut-down as a green light to test their fast and furious side.
“Evidence is beginning to emerge that absent traffic jams during the coronavirus crisis, many drivers are getting more reckless. And because speed is the number one predictor of crash severity, the proportion of people dying per collision is on the rise in many communities,” Streets Blog reports.
Understanding the Impact of Speeding
On an open road, it may seem like speeding is no big deal. The truth is: The faster a driver goes, the less time he or she has to react and brake if there’s an emergency or hazard in the road, and the more severe the impact is in a crash.
Automotive Fleet puts the dangers of speeding into perspective:
- Getting into a crash at 65 mph results in the same force of impact as driving off the top of a 12-story building.
- When you increase your speed from 25 mph to 35 mph, the force of impact in a crash almost doubles.
- When you increase your speed from 25 mph to 50 mph, the force of impact in a crash is four times as violent.
Drivers who choose to speed pose a risk to everyone on the road, and they should be held accountable for the damage they cause to innocent victims.
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