Social Distancing Brings Drop in Fatal Crashes in Nevada in March 2020
As a personal injury law firm, we monitor traffic incidents in the state of Nevada. In March, Americans were asked to stay home to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With schools and businesses and much of the Las Vegas strip closed, people stayed home, only venturing out to work essential jobs, or to pick up essentials like groceries. Visitors that would have come from other states stayed home as well. As a result, the traffic on the roads was lighter, and there were far less accidents.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that just twelve people died in crashes on Nevada roads in March, down 48 percent from March 2019’s 23 deaths. A spokesperson for the department said the 12 fatalities were preventable and “were primarily due to a lack of seatbelt usage, impairment and speed. Now more than ever, we need to slow down, focus on the road and drive sober.”
It is hard to find silver lining in a pandemic, but it is good to see these improvements in traffic fatality trends while Americans are staying home. It is possible that fatalities from the COVID-18 virus will outdo the declines in traffic fatalities, but it is encouraging that less accidents mean more emergency medical resources are available.
What to Do If You Are Injured in An Accident During the Pandemic
Your actions during the pandemic should be the same as always. If you are injured in an accident, you need to report the accident. Hopefully, local or state law enforcement will be available to investigate an accident and prepare a report. This report will include names of drivers, witnesses, and third parties, as well as the facts about the accident, where and when it occurred, and other important information.
Without a police report, insurance companies will have to sort through a “he said, she said” scenario of what happened. You should also get medical care as soon as possible.
Getting Medical Care For Accident Injuries During the Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are urged to stay home and avoid non-essential visits to medical care providers. However, if you have been seriously injured, you need to receive medical treatment immediately. Although it may be frightening to visit a hospital during the pandemic, you should not avoid seeing the doctor. This is important for your immediate physical health, and you should take all available precautions to stay healthy.
When you later go to pursue a personal injury claim, you need proof of this medical treatment. Without a record of getting medical care on the day of your accident, the insurance company may dispute the legitimacy of your claim. Your financial income is dependent on you providing proof of medical care. If you have been recently injured and have concerns about safely getting care during the pandemic, we are here to answer questions.
LV Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here to Help
The coronavirus has shut down daily life in Las Vegas, but if you have been injured, you are still able to file a personal injury claim during the COVID-19 pandemic. LV Personal Injury Attorneys and staff remain available to help new and existing clients via telephone and video conference. We anticipate no disruption in day to day business and are using available technologies for communications and negotiations. Proceedings such as depositions and hearings can be conducted remotely.
We are here for you and look forward to speaking with you about your case.