For more than a month, residents of Philadelphia have been hunkering down to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Many residents still leave home for essential purposes. Those can include going to work, going to the grocery store, and going to a doctor's appointment.
Since traffic congestion often poses a danger to city drivers, the stay-at-home order may seem like a sigh of relief for those who must still travel. With fewer drivers on the road, law enforcement has identified another looming threat to public safety, however.
Drivers are more likely to speed with less traffic congestion
According to City Metric, large cities across the United States have seen a significant increase in drivers traveling at dangerous speeds. Speeding is a common risk to public safety in Philadelphia. The lack of traffic congestion may be seen as an opportunity to barrel down city streets and highways.
Moreover, many drivers are under the impression that law enforcement has bigger fish to fry than to enforce the traffic laws. Across the U.S., police have caught drivers traveling at speeds greater than 100 mph, according to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
“While COVID-19 is clearly our national priority, our traffic safety laws cannot be ignored,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Law enforcement officials have the same mission as health care providers — to save lives. If you must drive, buckle up, follow the posted speed limit and look out for pedestrians and bicyclists. Emergency rooms in many areas of the country are at capacity. The last thing they need is additional strain from traffic crash victims.”
How does speeding lead to car accidents?
According to the NHTSA, speeding leads to more than 9,000 traffic fatalities each year across the nation. Despite the known risks, some drivers think they can get away with speeding.
Speeding can be a cause or contributor to crashes. When drivers travel at dangerous speeds, they generally have less time to react to avoid striking another car. When navigating curves and hazardous roadway conditions, speeding drivers can easily lose control of their vehicles.
At dangerous speeds, the protective mechanisms of airbags, seatbelts, and front-end safety structures no longer protect car occupants.
If you were injured in a crash with a speeding driver, call an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney. One who can investigate your crash and help you obtain the compensation you need.
The Hanamirian Firm, PC offers free and confidential case consultations and works on a contingency fee basis, so you don't pay unless we win your case. To learn more, contact us online or call our Philadelphia office at (215) 735 4235.