Life is almost back to normal in Georgia following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last few weeks, Governor Brian Kemp has continued to lift restrictions on businesses, according to an article in AJC.
Restaurants and bars are now open under certain restrictions. In addition, gatherings of no more than 25 people at a time are permitted.
The direction Georgia is heading in may sound like good news to many people. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), it will come with other risks.
Potential crash risks that could increase in the coming weeks
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our roadways. Last month, we discussed how fewer cars on the road was leading to an increase in speeding and reckless driving.
The GHSA now warns that traffic collisions could increase as people start to travel again. We will also see an increase in traffic congestion as more people avoid public transit and ride-sharing services to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A recent IBM Institute of Business Value study found that a quarter of respondents would rely exclusively on their own vehicles for transportation.
In addition, we could see an increase in drunk driving due to bars and restaurants now being open. Furthermore, drunk driving will increase significantly on the Fourth of July, which is named the most dangerous holidays for driving by the American Safety Council.
How to stay safe on the road in the coming weeks
In order to help prevent an increase in crashes, the State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) have launched safety initiatives and advertising campaigns across the United States.
Many people who haven't driven much while in quarantine may need to brush up on their driving skills. Moreover, crashes can be prevented simply by staying attentive, aware, sober, and driving at a safe speed.
Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash, don't hesitate to exercise your legal rights. Crashes can be emotionally devastating and expensive. The cost of medical bills and car damages can add up while you're unable to attend work and make ends meet. Never count on the other driver's insurance company to foot the bill. In fact, don't even speak to them if they try to contact you.
Instead, get an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney on your side to maximize the value of your claim and help you get every dollar you deserve.
To get started on your claim, simply contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C. and schedule your free case evaluation.