With lockdowns across the country, many Americans decided to work from home. If you commute to your place of employment, you probably noticed lighter traffic in and around Bridgeport. Unfortunately, despite uncongested roadways, the number of traffic fatalities increased in 2020.
During the first six months of 2020, nationwide traffic deaths increased by 12.7% over the same period the previous year. In Connecticut, from the middle of March 2020 to the middle of April 2020, there was a 50% drop in traffic volume and a 40% increase in traffic fatalities.
Speeding may be to blame
It may be impossible to believe that traffic fatalities would increase when fewer drivers are on the road. Still, it seems drivers may have used a lack of congestion as a reason to increase their speeds. Obviously, if cars are moving at fast speeds, their drivers have less time to avoid a serious accident.
Distracted driving is also a culprit
Regardless of traffic volume, distracted driving is a problem. When there are more cars on the road, though, distracted driving may lead to low-impact collisions. If motorists are moving quickly in low-volume traffic when they divert their attention, they may have serious and potentially fatal car accidents.
Law enforcement may be lax
To keep officers safe during the pandemic, law enforcement agencies may have cut back on traffic patrols. Fewer patrols may encourage drivers to take more risks or otherwise engage in dangerous driving behaviors.
Ultimately, diligent motorists drive safely even when they are not at risk of a traffic stop. Nevertheless, until patrols return to normal, you or someone you love may have a greater likelihood of dying in a motor vehicle accident.