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Traffic Violations Increase in Tulsa

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Traffic Violations Increase in Tulsa

The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has changed roadways nationwide. Federal trucking regulations are suspended, car accidents are going down, and some insurance companies are doing the right thing.

With cars off the road, authorities saw an increase in speeding and traffic violations, and now, as cars return to the roadway, that increase is continuing.

Tulsa Police told News on 6 that speeding has been a huge problem on Riverside, which is already one of the city’s most dangerous streets. While they thought cars returning to the roadway would reverse the trend of increased speeds, officers saw the opposite happen.

The city’s police sergeant explained:

We've stopped people that are going 25, 35, 40 miles an hour over the speed limit on a city street. Upwards of 80 miles per hour on a city street.”

Speeding, however, is not the only problem authorities have spotted since drivers returned to Tulsa’s roadways. Many drivers are “driving around with paper tags,” and relying on temporary registrations due to COVID-19 interruptions.

Officers wanted to remind Tulsa residents that “the grace period is over,” and encouraged everyone to wear their seatbelts, as well. Drivers and passengers without seatbelts constitute another common traffic violation – and one that could be the difference between life and death in an accident.

Why Authorities Are Concerned

Speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2017, and in 2018, the behavior killed 9,378 people nationwide. Drivers who speed have less control over their vehicle, increased stopping distance, worse gas mileage; and if they get an accident, their car’s safety features will be less effective, and they will have a higher chance of severe injuries.

Seatbelts saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017, and 47% of traffic fatalities that year involved passenger vehicle occupants who were not wearing seatbelts.

Following the speed limit and wearing your seatbelt is important when you are behind the wheel or riding in a motor vehicle – no matter how many people are on the road.

While many residents may have grown accustomed to empty roadways, speed limits in Oklahoma did not change during the lockdown, and they are more important than ever before as drivers return to the streets.

You can keep everyone safe and driving carefully and obeying all traffic laws.

What If I Am Injured by a Speeding Driver?

Driving over the speed limit or driving at speeds that are too fast for traffic or road/weather conditions constitutes negligence. If you are injured by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to compensation.

Although no amount of money will change what happened, a successful settlement or verdict can help you account for medical bills, missed work, pain and suffering, and other losses.

If you are ready to move forward after a car accident, please call Richardson Richardson Boudreaux PLLC at (918) 347-6456 today. You can also contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our dedicated personal injury firm.