The COVID-19 pandemic had people living in lockdown for months. Now all 50 states are reopening to some extent. The reopening means that more people are out and about and more people are getting back on the road, which means Texas will likely see an increase of car accidents. As restrictions continue to ease, it is important that everyone remembers some tips that will help keep themselves, and others, safe.
Driving Hazards During Coronavirus Pandemic
Over the past few months, most people in Texas have remained at home to slow the spread of the virus. This meant fewer people were on the roads.
Although the traffic was much lighter, some took advantage of the newfound freedom on the roadways. States across the country, including Texas, saw a surge in speeding, reckless driving, and other dangerous driving behaviors, such as stunt driving. This led to an increase in the fatality rate of crashes, according to the National Safety Council.
Stay Safe as You Get Back on the Road
As restrictions lift and you get back to your life, keep these important tips in mind:
- Inspect your vehicle regularly to ensure it is in good operating condition, especially if you have not driven it in a while.
- Always remain aware of your surroundings: Check your mirrors regularly, and scan conditions that are approximately 30 seconds ahead of you.
- Eliminate all distractions, including fiddling with the radio, texting, putting on makeup, and eating.
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
- Drive according to weather conditions, slowing down or even pulling over for high winds and heavy rains if you cannot drive safely.
- Do not drive while tired, as drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
- Make it easier for people to see you by turning your headlights on and staying out of other driver’s blind spots.
- Maintain the speed limit at all times, or keep your vehicle under that speed if conditions call for it.
In addition to these general safe driving tips, it is important to remember that driving after the lockdown will be different than it was even just one year ago. Always plan your route, know where you are going, and use hand sanitizer often while also cleaning high-touch areas within your vehicle.
Contact Our South Texas Car Accident Attorneys Today
As restrictions continue to ease and more people get back on the road, we will inevitably see more car accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, call our Dallas car accident lawyers at Tate Law Offices, P.C., today. Our experienced attorneys know how to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions, and we will fight hard for the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free case review.