The entire state of California is in the middle of an unrelenting rise in traffic collisions. Fatal accidents in Sacramento rose in 2021 by over 30% and 237 died. The increase statewide was 15%. The difference means Sacramento fatalities rose at a rate twice what the state saw. Many are suggesting much of this rise is due to the impact of the Coronavirus. Even though actual miles driven have decreased we’ve seen an increase in collisions and deaths.
During and possibly as a result of the pandemic, behavior behind the wheel has changed in many cases for the worse. As a society we’ve seen an increase in substance abuse with a palpable and measurable rise in both quantity and frequency of use. This increase includes alcohol and intoxicants once considered illegal which are now legal to consume. Alcohol, many prescription drugs and intoxicants, both legal or illegal are against the law to have in your system when driving. Whenever anyone combines the impact of loneliness, alcohol or other intoxicants and the operation of a motor vehicle the results can be deadly.
New federal data scheduled for release is expected to reveal the California trend is also a national trend. The Secretary of Transportation was recently quoted at a White House briefing that we are continuing to see more danger on our roadways even though we are driving considerably less. Some of these issues may be a result of people being accustomed to less traffic during the pandemic but even the CDC says 13% of American reported starting or increasing substance abuse as a way of coping with emotions related to COVID-19. As you drive we remind you to be aware of the behavior of those around you and react accordingly.
We represent people who are injured because of the careless and reckless acts of others. At the end of the day your case can only be settled one time and you need to know all of the facts beforehand. The reason that insurance companies have paid our clients in excess of $130,000,000.00 is that we get the facts and are not intimidated at the prospect of going to trial when insurance companies fail to offer full compensation. A Sacramento car accident attorney can help with serious injuries that require serious representation. We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth, LLP. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of experience specializing in only representing injured people. Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or contact Guenard & Bozarth online. We would be honored to represent you!