• May 15th, 2020

Bad assumptions make data from Weeks 1-14 insufficient. Please see accurate data from Week 15 forward. 

It is Week 10 of the coronavirus pandemic, and total crash data is still showing a decline in Alabama. Overall, crashes declined to less than 40% of their pre-COVID levels, INCLUDING speed-involved and fatal crashes, but are now showing slight increases. View Graph

This report comes amid reports from other states indicating that their drivers are taking advantage of fewer vehicles on the road, as well as less enforcement, to increase their speeds. Thus the drop in fatal crashes due to the decrease in traffic has NOT occurred for those states.

The number of pedestrian crashes has remained the same in Week 10, but bicycle crashes have increased. View Graph

Pedestrian: Other than a higher than expected number of pedestrians in week 4, pedestrian collisions have followed the overall crash trend as far as their comparison with the week before COVID began taking effect.

Bicycle: There has been a surprisingly large relative increase in the number of bicycle crashes. It has been suggested that this may be caused by additional (potentially new) bicyclists taking advantage of the low traffic. It is essential that both motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists recognize problems here and take the necessary crash-avoidance precautions.

Read the study here.

This information is updated weekly. View last week’s post here

Data analysis by Dr. Dave Brown using the CARE SAFETY portal. CARE processed data generously provided by ALEA.