The outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has changed the way most people in this country live their lives on a day-to-day basis. Most of the US is under some sort of “shelter in place” order, though this varies from state to state. While most places have seen a reduction in traffic and traffic accidents, that does not mean that drivers should not be careful when they do leave the house. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., our Salt Lake City car accident attorneys want to discuss some safety tips for drivers during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The effects of COVID-19 stay at home orders
Governor Gary Herbert has issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive for the state of Utah in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The order, while not a shelter in place, asks that all residents stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing when in public. As COVID-19 deaths continue to mount around this country, this order may be extended or could become a more strict stay at home order for Utah residents.
These orders have significantly reduced traffic, both in Utah and around the rest of the United States. Instances of car accidents are significantly lower, but we have a warning for drivers – do not be lulled into a false sense of security when you do have to go out.
To be clear, there are many reasons that residents of Salt Lake City still have to get out. This can include going to the grocery store, going to a doctor’s office, going to the bank, and more. However, many drivers may take fewer precautions because there are fewer vehicles out.
All Salt Lake City drivers need to practice defensive driving at all times. This includes:
- Putting down phones and other devices that can cause distractions.
- Being aware of bicyclists and pedestrians who are out exercising.
- Not operating too fast for conditions.
- Using turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn.
- Not operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Not following other drivers too closely.
Utah residents should stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of coronavirus. When you do leave the house in your vehicle, continue to follow all the rules of the roadway.
Let us help you through this
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include:
- Coverage of any crash-related medical bills
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence