If there is an upside to the pandemic that has affected our lives so profoundly, it is that motor vehicle accident rates dropped significantly last year. That is likely the result of stay-at-home orders.
While it is good news that car crashes are down by more than one-fifth, that does not mean less need for diligence. Los Angeles remains overwhelmingly dependent on them for transportation.
National Study Results
The analytics company INRIX conducted a study on the impact of Covid-19 on the nation’s busiest and most dangerous roadways. From April to October 2020, the number of collisions in Los Angeles dropped by 21 percent over the previous year. That is the 19th largest reduction in crashes out of 25 metropolitan areas.
According to the study, the riskiest hotspot for a Los Angeles crash was Long Beach Boulevard at the I-105 Century Freeway. However, Interstate 10 is usually the site of the most accidents in the Los Angeles area, and those numbers came in 26 percent lower.
Other major California cities saw similar motor vehicle accident reductions. In San Francisco, collisions dropped by 28 percent, and 29 percent in San Diego. Sacramento was down by 30 percent. Nationally, New York City saw the most significant decrease, at 38 percent.
The INRIX study reveals several trends accounting for the sharp drop in accidents. Consumer trips– those formerly casual jaunts to stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the like– are down “massively.” The study notes that trip reductions mirror guidance for working at home when possible, social distancing, and sheltering in place.
INRIX forecasts more cities will experience what the currently most impacted metro areas are going through as the pandemic continues to spread.
Gridlock Back in Places
Gridlock is coming back in some parts of Los Angeles. In fact, one of the ways local officials monitor increasing traffic volume is through a rise in the number of collisions. While the traffic numbers are still down from the prior year, much will depend on the course of Covid-19 and the mandated restrictions.
While traffic jams are not what they once were in LA, more room on the road has led to an often-deadly increase in speeding. Less traffic on the roads does not necessarily mean fewer deaths and severe injuries due to speeding drivers. Traffic jams force people to slow down, and collisions at low speeds do not generally wreak the damage of a high-speed crash.
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