In 2020, the number of traffic accidents in Connecticut was down by more than 300,000, which is likely the result of pandemic-related restrictions. However, despite the fact that many of us stayed home last year, the number of collision-related deaths was the highest since 2016, according to the Connecticut Crash Data Repository. Moreover, the biggest cause of these accidents was speed.
Given that there were fewer cars on the road in 2020, lighter traffic led to more people traveling at excessive and dangerous speeds. According to the data collected, the number of motorists who drove over 85 mph was three times greater than it is in an average year. As a result, there may have been fewer crashes, but the collisions that occurred due to speed were even more severe.
Regardless of how few drivers are out on the road, it is important for everyone to keep certain safety precautions in mind and to never exceed the posted speed limit. Now that roads are filling up again as restrictions lift, we may have less space on the road, but it is still essential to drive at a safe speed and to maintain awareness of your surroundings.
To avoid getting involved in an accident this summer, consider the following safe driving tips:
- Never drive while distracted. Do not use your phone, eat, or reach for objects in your car while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second can result in an accident.
- Maintain enough distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- Keep your eye on weather forecasts to avoid driving during dangerous, inclement weather.
- Do not drive while fatigued.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you should not postpone seeking skilled legal guidance to protect your interests.
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