For those who are worried about the risks on the road, there is some good news: Car accidents are down recently. The roads appear safer.

Some studies have found that both total crashes and fatalities are down. This suggests that it’s not due to cars becoming safer and helping more people live or anything of that nature. It’s just that people are driving less and that means fewer accidents, fewer injuries and fewer deaths. If the number of cars on the road returns to normal, one can expect to see the same sort of shift to higher accident totals, more injuries and more fatalities.

How far have the numbers dropped? It’s different everywhere, of course, but some areas have seen a reduction by about 50%.

This does not mean that you should take the risks less seriously, though. Again, it’s just a result of not having as many cars on the road. Things are not fundamentally safer outside of that. If you do drive, you still run the risk of getting into an accident and getting injured. Many people still have to take on these risks every day, and you only need one other driver to make one critical mistake to find yourself involved in a catastrophic accident that you can neither avoid nor prevent.

If that does happen to you, you may find yourself facing the strain of both lost income and rising medical bills, all at the same time. Financially, that’s very hard to overcome, and you’re trying to heal from your injuries, as well. Make sure you are well aware of the options you may have to seek out financial compensation.