As businesses in Lexington, Kentucky, continue to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have begun driving more frequently. Meanwhile, the Lexington Police Department released crash data for April, the only full month in which Kentuckians stayed home to curb the spread of coronavirus. The LPD’s traffic data for March 2020 showed a decline in traffic volume and that there were fewer auto accidents across Lexington.
COVID-19: Car Accident Statistics for April 2020 in Lexington
As reported by WKYT, the LPD’s latest traffic statistics for April 2020 showed that there were more crashes involving impaired motorists despite the fact that total accidents “sharply dropped.” The police department’s data for April showed that:
- Total car accidents in April dropped by more than 200 compared to March (859 vs. 658).
- Total auto collisions in April 2020 were down more than 50% compared to April 2019 (1,354 vs. 658).
- Crashes involving bodily injury decreased by nearly 50% from April 2019 to April 2020.
- Speeding charges dropped by nearly 100% (1,614 speeding charges in April 2019 vs. 79 charges in April 2020).
- Exceeding the speed limit was a factor in nearly twice as many accidents in April 2020 (13 vs. 7 in April last year).
- Collisions involving drunk driving increased in April 2020 compared to April 2019 (31 vs. 25 alcohol-involved accidents) even though there was a drop of over 50% in total car crashes in Lexington.
- Police made 310 traffic stops in April 2020 compared to nearly 4,150 in April 2019.
Inspect Your Vehicle Before Driving After the Quarantine
As Lexington and the rest of Kentucky are getting back to their ordinary life in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital to exercise extra caution when driving in the first weeks after the stay-at-home order. Inspecting your car before driving after the quarantine is very important to make sure that your vehicle is ready for driving after weeks or months of inactivity. Before you start your engine, inspect for debris, leaves, straws, insects, and even animals:
- Underneath the hood;
- Underneath the trunk;
- The grille;
- The engine;
- Under the wheels; and
- Around the tires.
When caught in a hot engine, any of these flammable objects can catch fire or do damage to your car when you start the engine. The next step is to inspect your tires to ensure that they are properly inflated and are not flat. After all, not driving a vehicle for weeks or months can lead to flat tires and accumulation of debris. Also, check if your lights and windshield wipers are functioning correctly and ensure that you are not running low on your vehicle’s fluids. If it is your first time driving after the quarantine, listen to any unusual sounds such as rattling when starting your engine and driving. It is vital to ensure that everything in your vehicle is working correctly before your first drive. It may also be a good idea to take your car to an auto mechanic to check everything. Contact our Lexington car accident lawyer if you have been involved in a crash following the quarantine. Consult with our attorney at Roberts Law Office to determine liability in your accident. Call at (859) 231-0202.