When a person is operating a vehicle, there is an assumption that he or she knows how to drive safely and will follow the rules of the road. However, recent statistics indicate that drivers may not focus as much on safety as one would hope, and some may have even lost some of their driving skills over the last few years. Experts suggest that a lack of driving because of the pandemic could have resulted in an increase of frustrated drivers and poor driving habits.
Because of a spike in fatal motor vehicle accidents across the country, experts have looked at societal changes and other factors that could influence driver behavior. This unfortunate trend began in 2020, around the time that businesses, workplaces and schools shut down due to health concerns. Despite fewer drivers on the road, the number of fatal accidents began to rise.
What is contributing to this trend?
After increasing from 2019 to 2020, the number of fatal accidents across the country rose again in 2021. This was around the time when vaccines became available, and people began to return to a more normal lifestyle. These fatal accidents affected virtually every age group and demographic, as well as cyclists, bikers and pedestrians. The following may provide you additional insight into this concerning issue:
- Experts believe that both an increase in stress and tendency to engage in distracting behaviors could play a role in this trend.
- Empty roadways for a period of time may have encouraged drivers to speed, sometimes at excessive rates.
- Drivers may be more stressed now, which means they may not be paying attention while behind the wheel.
- More vehicles now come with infotainment systems, which could contribute to distraction and lack of focus on the task at hand.
Regardless of the reasons why a driver was behaving a specific way, each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel.
What should victims do?
Those harmed in accidents caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another Texas driver have legal options available to them. After an accident, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable by filing a civil claim. While this cannot reverse what happened to you, it may provide you with the opportunity to recoup your losses and secure compensation for certain damages you experienced as a result of your accident.