In the United States, 68 percent of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID. This number rises to 79 percent when people who have only had one dose are included. And while it is certain that the vaccine helps to prevent serious or fatal complications in most people, a parallel benefit may be reduced risks of being involved in a car accident.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine has found that unvaccinated people are 72 percent more likely to be involved in serious or fatal car accidents. According to the study, this is similar to the increased risks for people suffering from sleep apnea. According to the study’s authors, this rate is not offset by car safety features or “modern automobile engineering advances” and poses a serious risk to everyone else on the road.
Ignoring Basic Safety Guidelines
Of course, there is no link between vaccinations and avoiding car accidents. However, a fundamental theme emerges among many who have avoided the vaccine; according to the study’s authors, this is a general disregard for safety guidelines.
The authors cited a distrust in government, antipathy toward regulation, faith in “natural” protection, and misinformation as critical factors in avoiding the COVID vaccine. Unfortunately, these same beliefs and behaviors, including confidence in divine protection, are consistent in people who ignore the rules of the road. Tragically, where avoiding a COVID vaccine puts the individual in danger, ignoring the rules of the road puts everyone in danger.
When you are hurt by someone who ignores safety guidelines, you are entitled to hold them accountable for your damages and to seek maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, personal pain and suffering, and more. But establishing fault can be challenging. This is one of the most compelling reasons to work with a personal injury lawyer who can investigate your accident, identify its causes, and fight for the compensation you are due.
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