COVID-19’s impact on the world is far-reaching and unavoidable. Nearly every industry has been affected, and daily life is altered. Due to state stay-at-home orders to limit the spread of infection, there are fewer cars on the road. One can assume that the reduction in cars equates to a reduction in car accidents, but this isn’t always the case. Accidents can still happen that cause injury, even during a global pandemic.
Common causes of car accidents during this time can include:
- Speeding: People may think that they can go above the speed limit now that there is less traffic and fewer cars on the road, but those who speed can still lose control of their vehicles or not have enough time to brake for a road hazard or stopped or slowed traffic.
- Distracted driving: Because there may be fewer cars to worry about, drivers may think it’s safe to text or talk on the phone while they drive, but hazards and sudden events can happen at any time and require drivers to stay focused on the road.
- Reckless driving: Reckless driving includes any driving that violates safety laws, such as driving through red lights, failing to stop at stop signs, and merging into lanes without signaling or checking your blind spots. Drivers may think they don’t have to follow laws they normally would because there aren’t as many cars or vehicles to be aware of.
What to Do After a Car Accident
In the event that you do become involved in a car accident, there are a number of steps you need to take. It’s still recommended that you seek medical attention immediately if you’re injured, even during COVID-19. While hospitals are impacted, injuries still need to be diagnosed and treated before they become worse or put your life in danger. Doctor reports and photographic evidence of your injuries can also be used in your case when establishing liability.
You should also collect any important accident-related information from all involved, including other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, like driver’s license numbers and insurance information. When you call our personal injury attorneys, we can take care of the rest. We’re able to communicate with insurance providers, collect additional evidence, like witness testimonies, and utilize our resources to analyze anything you may have missed.
It’s still crucial that you maintain a safe distance of six feet from others after your accident, and to wear your mask when communicating with the other drivers, if you have one.
Preparing Your Case for Court Reopening
You should also expect your case to be delayed due to court closings. However, hiring a personal injury attorney now means the law firm can prepare your case so the day courts open, you can begin the process. Don’t wait until businesses reopen to hire an attorney
Providing Clarity During a Dark Time
Getting back on your own two feet after an accident can be difficult when you’re drowning in financial debt while also dealing with physical pain. If your injuries were caused by a negligent individual or entity, you shouldn’t have to pay for your own hospital bills or medication costs. You also shouldn’t be expected to understand the personal injury claims process. At Alex Yadgarov & Associates, we strive to make the process as simple as possible because we believe our clients deserve clarity. From the initial consultation forward, we can communicate honestly with you and your options, and educate you on your case and the amount you can expect to recover.
Contact Alex Yadgarov & Associates online or by phone at (718) 276-2800 for a free consultation in English, Spanish, or Russian after your accident. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to providing our clients with convenience during an inconvenient time.