Virginia is currently under a stay-at-home order, and that means many businesses are closed or have reassigned employees to work from home. If you’re considered an essential employee and still need to go into work, or if you’re driving to complete essential tasks and errands, you may have noticed that previously jammed highways and interstates are relatively traffic-free.
This can be a nice change of pace, especially if you’re used to daily delays during your morning and evening commutes. But fewer cars on the roads doesn’t mean you should take your mind off of safe driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that drivers on rural roads—with little to no traffic—die at a rate 2.5 times higher than drivers on urban highways.
That statistic goes to show that traffic doesn’t mean you have a higher risk of a fatal crash, and decreasing it also doesn’t mean you’re any safer. It’s up to you to drive as safely as possible to protect yourself, your passengers, and other motorists, regardless of what’s going on in the world or how busy the roadway is. Safe driving during a pandemic or at any other time of year means avoiding distractions, staying at or under the speed limit, never following too closely, staying in your lane, and never driving while impaired.
The Roanoke auto accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm know that even the safest drivers can still be involved in crashes, especially when other drivers fail to do their part. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.