Rate of Traffic Deaths Rises During COVID

Stay at home orders, remote working, and less crowded offices. While the COVID-19 pandemic caused a drop in vehicular traffic, there was an increase in the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in the first half of 2020.

Safety experts blame drivers speeding up on roads left open when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses and limited commuting. 

More than 35,000 people a year are killed, and some three million are injured, in vehicle-related crashes in the United States each year. This new research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that even small increases in speed can lead to much deadlier outcomes in vehicle crashes.

A crash that is easily survivable at 40 mph miles per hour can be fatal at 50 mph or more, according to the study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Yes, the pandemic significantly lowered traffic, but the rate of traffic fatalities per miles driven jumped by 18%. Reaching a level not seen in at least 12 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The attorneys here at Tabor Law Firm found these statistics particularly worrisome due to widespread reports of excessive speeding during the pandemic. We’ve seen firsthand the results of dangerous driving. 

We understand one of the hardest things a family can face is the unexpected loss of a family member. After such a loss, you may be faced with numerous financial uncertainties and emotional challenges. It is important to remember, however, that you have the right to take legal action if your family member’s death was caused as a result of negligence.

At Tabor Law Firm, we know these challenges can be overwhelming. Our wrongful death lawyers in Indianapolis are here to offer the compassionate, personalized legal services you deserve after the loss of a family member or loved one. We can handle all of the legalities of the case, giving you time to grieve and take care of your family.

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