Less traffic often means fewer accidents, but sometimes that is not the case. Even with many spending far less time on the roads with Stay-at-home mandates, the roads can be just as dangerous. Open roads mean higher speeds and higher impact collisions. It is critical to still keep yourself and your family safe on and off the roads.
Whether there is bumper to bumper traffic or you are the only car on the road, it is your responsibility to make sure you are driving with caution at all times. We’ve gathered some useful tips on ways you can fulfill your duty as a responsible, licensed California driver:
Obey the Traffic Laws
With fewer cars on the road, it can be easier than you think to drive carelessly. You may feel more comfortable checking your phone at a stoplight or listening to your music a little louder with the windows down because it is amazing to be out of the house. Unfortunately, accidents happen when you least expect them and it’s best to play it safe by abiding by all traffic laws, even with open roads. This includes using turn signals, keeping within the speed limit, stopping completely at stop signs, and limiting distractions until you reach your destination.
Watch for Pedestrians
Many nonessential employees are required to work from home during the COVID-19 crisis. This encourages people to spend more time outside for some fresh air as a break from working remotely or homeschooling indoors all day. With this in mind, it is important to remember that there are may more pedestrians on sidewalks and crossing streets than usual. While driving, remember that you are sharing the road with runners, bicyclists, and others who may be in your blind spots. It’s best to slow down and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Be Mindful of the Weather
April showers bring May flowers. . .and unsafe driving conditions. We have been experiencing heavy amounts of rain in Southern California, so it is crucial to take extra precautions while driving. First, if you can, wait until the storm has cleared before attempting to drive in rain. If you do need to drive, make sure your tires and windshield wipers are in good condition. Also, be sure to drive considerably slower with your headlights on to increase visibility on the road for you and for other drivers. If there is traffic, maintain a steady distance between you and the car in front of you, and be alert of standing water to avoid hydroplaning.
Accidents do happen. If you were in a car accident and have questions pertaining to a potential personal injury lawsuit, contact Gokal Law Group during this time at 949-753-9100 or by filling out the form on our website.