Unique Car Accident Risks and Obstacles Arise Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak in 2020
Despite the fact that Michigan, along with many other states, declared a shelter-in-place order quickly after the development and rapid spread of Coronavirus, accidents still occur. Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that has caused a world-wide outbreak. Although the decrease in the number of car accidents during the COVID-19 outbreak is correlated with the decline in the amount of vehicles being operated, research shows an increase in the severity of accidents and problems experienced by individuals following an auto accident.
During these difficult unforeseen times, the skilled professionals at Moss & Colella Auto Accident Attorney Michigan are available to help.
Increased Speeding Accidents During Coronavirus Pandemic
Driving above the speed limit has always been a major contributor to auto accidents across the country. In recent weeks, many negligent drivers have engaged in irresponsible and reckless behaviors as a result of seeing empty roads following the government ordered lockdowns.
Such reckless driving behaviors include…
- failing to obey traffic controls/signals
- failing to watch for other vehicles with the right-of-way
- traveling at speeds much higher than designated speed limits
Whether roads are empty or high-functioning; no one should break auto-laws as they are implemented in order to avoid very serious accidents involving other drivers or pedestrians.
Pedestrian Accidents During Coronavirus “Stay-at-Home” Government Orders
While the stay-at-home orders urge residents to remain at their home and away from others unless it’s necessary to go out, individual’s are still encouraged to get out and walk, run, or ride a bicycle to obtain sufficient exercise, so long as they practice social distancing. While this encouragement is intended to keep individuals healthy, increased foot traffic in the vicinity of roadways may also have an unfortunate impact on the risk of pedestrian accidents, particularly with imprudent drivers.
The rate of mortality significantly increases once the vehicle exceeds 30 MPH, with the risk of fatality being 3.5 to 5.5 times higher for the pedestrian as the speed increases by just 10 MPH. In addition, individuals who drive above the speed limit are at higher risk of losing control of their vehicles, having less of a stopping distance, and can suffer severe injury and/or property damage. A personal injury lawyer can help with this.
Difficulties Receiving Injury Treatment Following a Auto Accident During Coronavirus Outbreak
Many hospitals are already overwhelmed by the outbreak of COVID-19, and many people (especially those with previous medical conditions) are reluctant to wait in crowded waiting rooms after an accident, where the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is increased significantly. As a result, many individuals involved in a car accident have been delayed in obtaining the necessary medical treatment for any injuries sustained. Without proper immediate medical treatment, individuals may increase their pain and suffering, resulting in permanent disability from injuries due to lack of proper medical care.
In order to provide victims with the necessary medical attention, a number of medical providers have taken proper measures to allow for the continuation of treatment for accident-related injuries, including…
- Time Increase Between Scheduled Patients – Medical providers have added more time gaps between scheduled patient visits to reduce potential person-to-person exposure.
- Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation Between Patient Visits – Medical professionals and/or staff have strict protocol for additional cleaning of offices, exam rooms, and treatment locations.
- Wait within a vehicle – Rather than waiting around others and being at risk of exposure within a waiting room, many providers urge patients to call once they have arrived and wait in their vehicle until they are ready to begin their appointment.
- At-home Accident Injury Consultations and Physical Therapy -Several treatment providers are now offering home-based consultations (via video conference or telemedicine) to help patients perform exercises and other treatments to treat soft-tissue injuries, enabling individuals to continue receiving the necessary treatment to avoid long-term or permanent auto-accident injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Michigan Auto Accident during the Coronavirus Pandemic, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, contact a Michigan Car Accident Lawyer at Moss & Colella today.