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Increased Stay-At-Home Orders Led to More Reckless Driving

By June 19, 2020April 22nd, 2021No Comments

One of the unforeseen issues that arose from stay-at-home orders across Ohio and the country as a whole was the increase in reckless driving.

With less people on the roads, irresponsible drivers saw an opportunity to disobey lights, speed limits and other laws, creating highly dangerous situations on state freeways and even more local streets.

Since the pandemic started, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says they’ve issued more than 300 tickets for people speeding at more than 100 MPH and it’s happening “at all hours of the day”.

The above story mentions the I-275 / I-75 interchange as a particularly dangerous spot with several tickets issued within 15 minutes of speed checks beginning.

What This Means for You

Beyond the need for increased vigilance, this also puts you at greater risk for being involved in a car accident in Hamilton, Mason, or West Chester.

Oftentimes in these higher-speed, reckless situations, it’s an overwhelming experience and hard to collect all of the facts and necessary information immediately after an accident. However, it’s vitally important to take photos and exchange information as soon as possible after enduring everyone is okay.

Getting facts recorded on photo, video or on paper will help establish the situation should you need to file a claim with your insurance company.

What to Have Ready for Your Insurance Company

You’ll need to have the basic info of the accident: location, description, notes on severity of damage, names of all involved, etc. You’ll also likely need to file a police report to officially establish the accident.

If you think that a personal injury claim may be worth filing with the other driver’s insurance company, it may be wise to consult a qualified personal injury or insurance attorney first to understand your rights and the process involved.

If you need trusted and compassionate legal guidance regarding a personal injury matter, reach out to the dedicated personal injury claim attorneys at Garretson & Holcomb, LLC by calling (513) 863-6600 today.