Summer has a different name on our roads: “The 100 Deadliest Days.” Traffic fatalities historically rise from Memorial Day to Labor Day. But can we expect the same this year when Covid-19 continues to affect travel?
Why These Are The 100 Deadliest Days
Many factors make this season uniquely dangerous on the road:
- School is out. Deaths by teen drivers soar by 43% in the summer.
- Summer holidays. DUI accidents spike on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
- Road trips. Drowsy driving correlates with extensive car travel.
Last summer Nevada’s roads were relatively safer. Fatal accidents in June 2019 were half as many as those from June 2018. Nevada experienced four consecutive months of decline in traffic fatalities from May to August 2019. Are drivers likely to continue this trend this summer?
Accidents During Quarantine
Recent data indicates reckless driving in Nevada has increased during quarantine:
- Traffic fatalities were higher in March and April 2020 than they were during those months last year
- DUI arrests in April 2020 were almost twice as much as those from April 2019
- Highway Patrol reports drivers are speeding more frequently
There’s pent-up demand to visit Nevada and cars are safer than planes when it comes to Covid-19. Will more drivers emerging from quarantine be as reckless?
Sam & Ash, LLP Will Be Ready
People are on their cell phones more than ever during the shutdown. They have not used freeways for longer trips in a while. Bad habits and rusty driving from quarantine can make these 100 days even more dangerous than usual.
Sam & Ash, LLP will stay prepared. More than ever, you deserve a summer free from pain. Should you experience an accident, we’ll make your personal injury claim easier. Call us immediately after an accident at 1 (800) 304-2000.