Posted in Car Accident on June 21, 2020
The effects of COVID-19 and the global lockdown and quarantines have been wide reaching. Many offices have converted to remote work, while some businesses have closed. This resulted in highways and interstates across the country, including in Nashville, becoming significantly less busy than normal.
If you used Middle Tennessee’s major interstates regularly during the height of the pandemic, you probably noticed your commutes taking much less time than they did before. In addition, you may have noticed fewer accidents, especially near the downtown area.
However, you shouldn’t get complacent, as traffic volumes will slowly begin to increase and you still face many risks on Nashville’s roads, no matter how many vehicles are nearby.
Take These Steps to Protect Yourself on Nashville’s Interstates
Although Tennessee has partially reopened, many people are still working from home or at reduced hours. But gradually, businesses are reopening, and that means a slowly increasing traffic volume on roads like I-40, I-440, and I-65, and I-24.
If you’ve been used to minimal traffic and fast commute times, it may be a shock to suddenly see a “return to normalcy” in terms of traffic jams, slowdowns, an endless sea of brake lights in the distance, and accidents.
Here are a few steps you can take to reduce your risks while you re-acclimate to your commute:
Above all, it’s important to be a smart, conscientious, and defensive driver, and to never get overconfident, regardless of whether your daily commute is still a relative ghost town or has become jam-packed once again.
Fatal Auto Accidents Increased During COVID-19
Although commutes may have taken less time than at any point in recent memory, the news wasn’t all good when it came to road safety. Despite there being fewer people on the road than usual, the number of fatal crashes nationwide didn’t decrease. In fact, it increased.
The National Safety Council reports that there was a 14% national increase of fatal auto accidents during the lockdown, with Tennessee’s number increasing by 6%. Experts believe that increase may have been due to drivers being less safety-conscious and more reckless behind the wheel with fewer vehicles on the road.
We’re Here to Help Injured Drivers
At Matt Hardin Law, we’ve been hard at work helping injured people throughout Middle Tennessee during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that while roads have been less busy, accidents still happen—and they’re often due to negligent drivers.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash caused by another person’s or party’s carelessness, you may be eligible for compensation, and we want to help you get it. Our Nashville auto accident lawyers are available to review what happened and work with you to determine the best path forward.
We know you need money for your medical bills, lost wages, and other crash-related expenses, and it’s our goal to help you get every penny you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.