If you have been out and about over the last week, you might have noticed that there are more cars on the road. Even though Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City are still officially “on pause,” more people starting to venture out of their homes. With the nicer weather, people are heading to the parks, the beaches, or the marinas for time out of the house. After more than two months of being at home, people are getting a little stir crazy. Who can blame them?
Social Distancing Has Led to Very High Levels of Stress
After spending so much time at home, people have a high level of stress. Many factors add to the stress. People have been sick with the coronavirus, many have family or friends who have died from the coronavirus, and millions have lost their jobs because of the stay-at-home orders.
Not surprisingly, given the level of stress most people in the state are under, incidents involving road rage and personal confrontations are on the rise since the onset of the pandemic. Reports of drivers screaming at one another on the road and also of pedestrians getting into altercations on the street have been plentiful. While, now more than ever, we should be respecting the rights and safety of those around us, maintaining social distance, and wearing masks, many are not taking these appropriate steps. Disagreements regarding these kinds of failures have led to acrimony, and in many instances, assaults.
Incidents of Road Rage and Assault Are on the Rise
Regardless of one’s personal opinions regarding the pandemic, it is a fact that COVID-19 can be deadly to anyone who contracts it. This reality has made most citizens of New York nervous about going out in public or even doing necessary errands like food shopping. For families that have young children, these times have been even more challenging. Making young children, who want to be with their friends and play, understand issues of social distancing is certainly not easy.
If you have been injured due to an accident or an altercation during the pandemic, please call the Law Office of Marc Albert to schedule a free consultation. We certainly wish all of our clients and friends the very best during these difficult times.