Accidents During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Texas has already begun its plan to slowly reopen the state, but even while the stay-at-home orders were fully in place, many accidents were still occurring on the road.
One particular El Paso accident serves as a chilling reminder to obey traffic laws, as well as what to do if you’re a victim of an accident at this time. Last month, 30-year-old Daniel Stubbemann was allegedly driving double the speed limit in an East Side neighborhood just before 10 a.m.
When he sped past a stop sign, he hit the car of 70-year-old Elvia Guardiola, which then collided into a BMW driven by Craig Delman, 69.
Delman was rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but the original driver, Stubberman, died at the scene of the crash.
This tragic accident is just one of thousands like it that occur in Texas every year – even under coronavirus stay-at-home conditions.
In this case, however, the victims of this crash still have a viable claim against Stubberman’s estate because, unfortunately, Stubberman was the negligent driver in this case. Additionally, his insurance company could still be required to pay for the damages of the other two victims. Sadly, there have been other accidents in El Paso and across the country during this time, as well, regardless of stay-at-home orders.
Just in the news in the past weeks, two pedestrians died in different accidents, and a very serious bicycle accident occurred, as well. In April, I personally witnessed the aftermath of a serious wreck on the Gateway a few weeks ago.
But why are these accidents so common, if everyone is supposed to be staying home?
For one, there has been a decrease in police enforcement of traffic laws, since fewer people are out on the roads.
Ironically, because of this lax enforcement, some people have taken this opportunity to stop obeying the rules of the road. These people may believe that they can get away with this negligent driving because police aren’t patrolling the roads as they might normally be.
Unfortunately, this reckless driving sometimes leads to tragic accidents and even death, instead. Please feel free to consult our guide of what to do if you or a loved one has been in a car accident during COVID-19.
Next, you should also contact our team at Harmonson Law Firm so that we can help you make sense of this situation and help you get the treatment and money you deserve.