Pandemic Dangers: Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Driving during the current situation can be dangerous. Here's what all drivers need to know.

Driving on an ordinary day can be difficult, but driving during the COVID-19 crisis can be downright deadly. Each year, adults across the country are involved in motor vehicle collisions. Sometimes, a motor vehicle accident can be a minor fender bender. Maybe you'll have some bruises or even minor whiplash. Other times, a collision can have long-lasting consequences, including severe brain damage or even death. If you're going to drive, then it's important to understand the risks and dangers before you get on the road. Due to the current pandemic, many drivers are experiencing more problems than usual. If you're involved in an accident, make sure you reach out to an attorney who can guide you. In the meantime, here's what you need to know about the risks.

Vehicle Maintenance

One of the most important steps any driver can take to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of other drivers, is to have their vehicle regularly maintained and serviced. Regular oil changes and maintenance checks are critical when it comes to ensuring consumer safety. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, many auto body shops are closed. This means many drivers are unable to have their vehicles serviced in a timely manner. Additionally, many drivers may be unable to take time off from work to have their vehicles serviced. This is related to having new and prolonged working hours. This can lead to problems with brakes, lights, and other important vehicle functions that commercial drivers need to drive safely.

Driver Fatigue

Due to extended working hours, many drivers may struggle to get enough sleep. It's no secret that being tired on the road can be deadly. Drivers who are overtired may feel groggy or disoriented. They may be less likely to slow down when necessary, and their reaction time may be delayed. In some cases, drivers may actually fall asleep at the wheel. This can lead to even more accidents. Even if an accident does not cause a fatality, understand that collisions with commercial vehicles can cause serious bodily harm, as well as damage to your own vehicle.

Careless Behavior

One of the biggest concerns regarding drivers during the pandemic is that there are fewer people on the roads in general. This means that many commercial drivers may feel more comfortable with the idea of ignoring the posted speed limits. Speeding means it will be more difficult to stop or slow down when necessary. This type of behavior can lead to erratic driving and may be more likely to cause accidents for other drivers.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, it's time to get the help you need. The right attorney will guide you during this time and talk with you about your options for moving forward. Reach out today to find out how you can start seeking compensation for damages related to the accident.