COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to loosen across Kansas. As the state reopens, restaurants will reopen and churches will provide services under strict social distancing guidelines. In addition, theaters, community centers and summer camps will also open.
While this is good news, many people who haven't driven much over the last few months may need time to adjust. To help prevent a spike in crashes, the Governors Highway Safety Association is urging drivers to use caution as businesses begin to reopen.
GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins explains why:
“Many of us may be a little rusty behind the wheel, so it’s critical that drivers give the road and everyone on it their complete attention. Safety doesn’t take a holiday. Remember to buckle up, drive sober, stow your cell phone, and watch your speed. We have lost too many of our friends and neighbors, and we do not want to lose any more to traffic crashes.”
Drunk driving and traffic congestion likely to rise
The GHSA is also concerned about the potential increase in impaired drivers as restaurants and bars reopen. With the 4th of July coming up, we will likely see a large spike in drunk driving. In fact, Independence Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for driving.
In addition, we could see an increase in traffic congestion. That's because more people will avoid public transit in order to continue practicing social distancing. Nearly a quarter of respondents said they would be using their own vehicles to get around. That's according to a recent IBM Institute of Business Value analysis.
To help spread the message of caution, the State Highway Safety Offices will be launching social media and advertising campaigns across the United States. Police are also being urged to increase enforcement of traffic laws.
Car accident attorneys serving injured motorists across Kansas
The car accident attorneys at Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers are urging everyone to stay safe as we transition to our new normal. Should you or a loved one be injured in a crash because of someone else's reckless or negligent behavior, our legal team can help.
Our attorneys can investigate your crash and gather all of the critical evidence needed to support your claim. We'll also negotiate with insurance companies to help you get compensated to the fullest extent. That includes compensation for medical expenses, lost wages while you're out of work and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
To find out how we can help you, fill out our online contact form or call 1-866-881-0103. We offer free, confidential case consultations.