As the country struggles to reduce community spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, residents of many states are now under orders to shelter in place. In South Carolina, the Governor has issued stronger social distancing guidelines while city councils put policies in place to protect local residents. Social distancing is important, but people still need to go out for essentials. Unfortunately, accidents resulting in potentially serious personal injuries can happen during these trips. Be sure to take precautions to protect yourself against Coronavirus in the event of personal injuries.
Be Aware of Increased Accident Risks During Coronavirus Pandemic
According to a March 23, 2020, local city council members recently passed additional ordinances to protect residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Alongside state guidelines regarding school and business closures, local leaders are limiting the number of people allowed at council meetings and increasing loan options for small businesses.
These efforts are aimed at increasing social distancing. However, essential service workers must still show up for their jobs and others need to make periodic runs for groceries or other supplies. With so many people distracted or in a panic over the situation, there is an increased risk of accidents. These include:
Car crashes and collisions
Pedestrian and bike accidents
Parking lot accidents
Slips, trips, and falls
Other types of accidents that occur on someone else’s property
Take Additional Steps To Protect Yourself In The Event Of Accidental Injuries
When the above types of accidents happen, it is often the fault of others involved. There are certain steps you need to take in the aftermath to protect your rights in filing a personal claim. In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for social distancing, extra precautions are now needed. These include:
Notifying police. Be aware that it may take longer for law enforcement officials to respond. Be patient and DO NOT leave the scene. If you are in a grocery store or other public place, insist that store security or a manager be called. In either situation, it is important to ensure that an accident report is filed.
Exchanging information with others involved. Exchanging names, addresses, driver’s licenses, insurance cards, and vehicle registration information is required in any type of motor vehicle accident. Maintain six feet of space between you and the other party and use your cell phone to zoom and take pictures of their identification cards, rather than touching them yourself.
Obtaining medical treatment. If you suffer serious injuries, you may have no choice but to go to the local hospital emergency room. Be alert for any new policies they have in place, such as quarantining patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Otherwise, check with your local doctor and document your visit.
Let Us Help You Today
Be sure to take precautions to protect yourself against Coronavirus in the event of personal injuries. However, if an accident does occur, the Surasky Law Firm, LLC remains here to help you. For questions or help in filing a claim, contact our Aiken personal injury attorney and request a consultation today.