Car Accidents and New COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a crisis for the people, both financially and emotionally. Simple errands such as a trip to the grocery store are treated as a probable cause for getting infected, spreading the virus, etc. As self-isolation moves into the norm, essential workers are asked to continue providing their service to the public. These essential workers, including delivery drivers, are at much greater risk and are in fact subject to exposure of the virus.
Not only are those on the road at a greater risk of catching coronavirus, they are at a risk of getting into a car accident during a pandemic. Anxiety and the heat of the moment may get in the way of making rational decisions in the midst of a pandemic, and at Scher and Scher Law Group, we want to make sure everyone is safe and practicing social distancing. We also want to ensure that our clients understand we are here for them every step of the way.
What should I do if I’m pulled over during coronavirus?
If you plan on taking a drive, bring hand sanitizer, wipes, gloves, and a mask, to prevent contraction or spread of coronavirus. As for police officers, they are considered essential workers and must continue doing their job as a public service. This includes conducting traffic stops, which usually means standing at a distance less than six feet from the person in the car. Practicing hygiene as well as taking the proper precautions as recommended by the CDC will help in protecting you from infection. This way, if you are pulled over but are wearing protective gear, you will be comfortable enough to roll your window down to the officer.
What should I do if I get into a car accident during coronavirus?
As always, you should call the police immediately when there is an accident to report it. You do not have to be close to the other party in order to get their information, but again, be sure to wear protective gear such as gloves and a mask for when police arrive. To win your case, document the scene of the accident by photographing the roads if potholes are visible, photographing the car damage as a result of hazardous roads or of a reckless/negligent driver. Lastly, (if possible) speak to eyewitnesses who will testify in court as they can also provide plenty of evidence.
Beyond this, hiring the best Hollywood injury attorneys at Scher and Scher Law Group ensures you receive the knowledge and practice of seasoned attorneys who have your best interest in mind. Schedule your free contactless consultation and we can communicate with you over the phone or video call. We can be reached at (954)-472-1000.