Driving in the era of Coronavirus

Kids on a bicycle.

Have you noticed that everyone is stressed? The Coronavirus pandemic is putting stress on everyone and it’s showing up on our streets. Law enforcement is reporting a spike in speeding, often is excess of 100 mph. At the same time, lots of people are walking and biking to get out of the house and to exercise. Even with some drop in traffic, there is a spike of pedestrian fatalities, more car accidents and wreck less behavior on our roads. Just the other day, I saw two cars run Red Traffic Lights, at different intersections, right in front of me. If you get hurt on the roads get help right away. Many of our institutions, including America’s legal and medical systems, have been stressed due to the pandemic. But, getting into a car accident or being hit by a car, because someone isn’t paying proper attention, is an important event and you need to protect yourself and your rights. Call the police to the scene, make a report and get medical attention right away. Then call Gilpin Law to answer your questions and make sure your rights are protected.

Know that at Gilpin Law we work hard every day to ensure that the legal rights of our clients are not compromised. But we are concerned that people who may have been injured before or since the shutdown have decided to delay contacting an attorney. Doing so could make it difficult to investigate a case, secure evidence and file all necessary paperwork. With online case evaluation, live chat and other technologies, there is no need to wait OR compromise personal safety or your legal rights.

Tips for Drivers

  • Don’t block any crosswalks when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn.
  • Watch your speed – less traffic doesn’t make it any less dangerous to drive recklessly.
  • Take extra care to look out for pedestrians or cyclists, especially in residential areas.
  • Watch for unexpected street closures. Many cities are selectively closing roads to create more space for walkers and bikers.
  • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly. And leave three feet between your car and the cyclist.
  • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling. Young bicyclists especially have a tendency to do this.
  • Check side mirrors before opening your door when parked.

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