American roads continue to be an even bigger hazard than usual as a result of a pandemic-related increase in unsafe and reckless driving. The problem started last year, when authorities began seeing a dangerous uptick in speeding, including an increase in speeding over 100MPH, as well as reckless driving behaviors, and drug and alcohol abuse on the roadways. Late last year, the Philadelphia Police Department’s data showed a 60% increase in traffic deaths in Philadelphia compared to the same time in 2019. It was the worst level of traffic violence in 23 years.
Now the AP is reporting that the situation has not resolved. Police across the United States are reporting higher roadway accidents and an increase in fatalities since the pandemic than has occurred in the last decade. Speeding tickets for driving over 100mph in California nearly doubled for the first half of this year, and that state also showed an increase in reckless driving citations. There was also an increase in New York in percentage of fatalities caused by speeding and the number of speeding tickets issued in the first half of this year compared to 2020.
These alarming statistics are in spite of the fact that motorists logged fewer miles since the pandemic started. Even with a 13.2% reduction in the number of miles travelled, traffic deaths in the U.S. rose 7.2% in 2020 making it the deadliest year on highways since 2007.
If you have been the victim of a car accident, the personal injury lawyers at Leonard Sciolla are here to help. Contact us today at (215) 567-1530 or (856) 273-6679 and ask to speak to one of our experienced attorneys.