There are now fewer drivers, but not safer ones

| Oct 14, 2020 | Wrongful Death |

Not surprisingly, fewer people in the Atlanta area have been on the road in the last several months than they had during the same time in 2019.

This phenomenon is largely because of both the ongoing health crisis and the response that Georgia and various local governments and area businesses have had to the crisis.

Many people just have not had the need to travel as much, even if they wanted to.

Fewer drivers have made for fewer fatalities

Comparing April through June of 2020 with the same time during 2019, the raw number of fatalities fell by over 3%, to less than 8,900. This is according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.

However, this news may not be encouraging to everyone. To put these numbers in context, the total of miles driven fell by over 25% between April and June of 2019 and the same time in 2020.

The upshot is that one would expect the number of people who died in fatal motor vehicle wrecks during this time to have declined much more sharply than it actually did.

Motorists are not driving safely

Indeed, while fewer people had been driving in late spring and early summer, some experts expressed concern that those people who did take to the roads did so with less concern for safety.

They specifically pointed out that speeding and drunk or drugged driving have been persistent problems after the traffic on the roads thinned.

Of course, lighter traffic is simply not a free pass for people to drive negligently. Victims of negligent drivers can pursue compensation through an appropriate legal action.