Is the quarantine making us rethink the way we are driving and using our roads? As Texas reopens after two months of the Stay-At-Home order, cars are beginning to trickle back into the open roads. With significantly less cars out on the road, better driving habits are expected to frequent the lanes: less road rage, less speeding, and less accidents.
According to CBS Austin, however, that may not be the case. There have been reports of drivers speeding up to 100 mph and acting reckless, leading to more and more accidents. Reckless behavior includes drag racing, high speed chases, and drunk driving.
But with the forced quarantine, there may be good news. With less traffic, albeit more dangerous it seems, it has resulted in cleaner air. Instead of going back to the way things were, maybe it’s time we look forward? Maybe it’s time we install more bike lanes and create more zones for pedestrians?
What Does This Mean for Personal Injury Law Firms?
With better air quality while also increasing aggressive driving, personal injury law firms may benefit greatly. Though there may be less cars on the road, the severity of these accidents increase. For example, an accident was reported of a car splitting completely in half after a mere rear-end collision.
The severity of these collisions will have victims flocking to personal injury law firms. Typical two-vehicle minor wrecks leave most debating whether or not they should call a lawyer. However, victims of freak accidents won’t hesitate to contact their lawyers. Compensation is most definitely deserved for those who are consequences of accidents that should’ve never happened in the first place.
In addition, more bike lanes and pedestrian zones can give way for future personal injury claims to occur. Second to the ever-so-frequent motor-vehicle wreck are the auto-pedestrian wrecks. Most drivers aren’t aware of the copious rights pedestrians and cyclists have. With the implementation of these zones and lanes, it’ll be easier for more claims needing to be filed after a car just so happens to strike a pedestrian or pedacyclists.
Despite whatever happens, one thing is for certain: car accidents will happen, pandemic or not. What’s important is that those involved in car accidents shouldn’t hesitate to call their personal injury lawyers. With every accident comes damages and injuries that shouldn’t go unresolved. There are too many liabilities that should be addressed and insurance companies are quick to take advantage of those affected.
About the Author
Houston personal injury lawyer Hank Stout co-founded Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm, to protect and pursue the rights of people who were harmed by the carelessness of others. Mr. Stout is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been actively trying cases for over fifteen years.
In recognition of his accomplishments and results, he has been selected by Thompson Reuters as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas) and has been selected as Lead Counsel.