According to the Houston Chronicle, roadway fatalities surprisingly did not decrease as much as Houston City Officials predicted it would during the Stay at Home mandate. Although there were fewer people on the road, casualties did not waiver. Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, stated that amidst COVID-19 he “would have expected the numbers to go down more” in regard to motor vehicle accidents. As of April 13th, 2020 the Texas Department of Transportation has recorded 241 fatalities on state roads. There is a 21% decline from the previous year, which is low considering the empty roads during COVID-19. With the Stay Home order lifted, traffic density and accident rates will inevitably increase. If emptier roads cannot ensure driver safety for people within our region, it is best to take the necessary safety measures.
Here are some safety measures to take as we go back to our day to day routine:
- Make sure your insurance is up-to-date.
- Travel in a reliable vehicle and get it inspected heading on long routes to work.
- Minimize the distance you drive to keep you off the roads as much as possible.
- Keep a car charger for your phone and always check your GPS when it is safe to make sure you don’t get lost.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
As always, 1st Choice Accident & Injury is here for you when it matters most. Feel free to call us at 281-933-3399.