19 May Driving After Covid-19: Protecting Yourself & Your Family From Auto Accidents
As numerous outlets have pointed out, life after Covid-19, and this includes driving on the roads, is going to be different. Accidents are bound to happen for a variety of reasons, but multiple experts concede that the number of car accidents will rise exponentially due to “cabin fever” after quarantine. Even the CEO of USAA Insurance stated in early May that “[t]he last couple of weeks we’ve seen a slight uptick in those rates, certainly not because stores are reopening.”
With that said, it is up to you to take additional precaution to help to ensure that you and your family are safe while on the roads. It is very difficult to prevent an accident, sometimes impossible, as they are typically caused by the negligence of another, or in other words, lack of care by another. However, there are some steps you can review below that may lessen your chances. Keeping you and yours safer while driving as more people begin to operate on the roads is my top priority.
1. Look both ways, and then look both ways again. Do not hesitate, but be sure that it is clear both ways before entering the flow of traffic. Drivers often pull out last minute. Be vigilant.
2. Watch for jaywalkers. We understand that jaywalking is a crime, but some individuals may not be observant or in a rush due to the excitement of being out from quarantine. Therefore, be sure to watch for potential jaywalkers that cross when they are not supposed to.
3. Wear a seatbelt. It is important to wear a seatbelt when operating a vehicle. Should an accident occur, numerous studies have shown that the severity of injuries can go down exponentially.
4. Do not text and drive. Now more than ever, you should not text and drive nor should you be distracted while driving. You need to be aware of your surroundings and what is happening on the road.
5. Do not take chances. Expect the unexpected. If you think the other driver is going to go, they are probably going to go. If you think you are going to get cut-off, you are probably going to get cut-off. Individuals are going to be much more unpredictable while on the road. Drive defensively.
What Are Common Types Of Auto Accidents?
There are many different types of auto accidents that occur in Florida. It is important to learn how you can potentially prevent them because they often result in serious injury and financial loss. Sadly, there is no way to guarantee that you will not be involved in an accident, especially if it is due to the negligence of another. Some of the most common types of auto accidents that occur in Florida are listed below.
- Rear-End Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Side-Impact Accidents
- Head-On Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Accidents
- Side-Swipe Accidents
Common Auto Accident Injuries
A variety of injuries can result from an auto accident, even low impact accidents. Some can be seen immediately like bumps, bruises, and severe breaks while others may not be seen like bulges, herniations, and tears. Some may be felt immediately while others may worsen over time. It is important to seek medical treatment after an accident. Even if you do not feel pain right away, be sure to get checked out. Never take a chance when it comes to your health. Some common auto accident injuries include but are not limited to:
- Back Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Broken Bones, & Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
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