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Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Driving Dangers

Why is summer such a deadly time for drivers?

Summertime is one of the most dangerous seasons for car accidents. Summer driving dangers are deceptive because, unlike in winter, the weather is ideal. Summer offers excellent visibility, generally dry roads, and long daylight hours. The dangers for summer driving lie in the sheer number of drivers on the roadways and the increase in drunk drivers. During the summer months, families take advantage of their children being off school and take to the roadways in droves. Combine the plethora of drivers with free time and holidays that often involve alcohol, and it becomes clear why so many car accidents happen in summer.

Road Congestion

Road travel is the most common form of transportation. Congested roadways make for more difficult driving conditions. Traffic may become stop and go. Distracted drivers may lose focus in traffic and hit the car ahead. Further, crowded roadways can lead to road rage. Enraged and impatient drivers may behave erratically, potentially causing immense injuries.

Vacationing drivers add an additional hazard. Drivers from other states or just nearby counties may be unfamiliar with the roads. Lost drivers could drive extremely slowly, brake suddenly, turn without signaling, or otherwise violate the rules of the road.

Construction

Construction work tends to increase in the summer months. Construction can lead to sudden slowdowns, lane switches, and general road confusion. Drivers should always exercise extreme caution when they see construction signs ahead in order to protect themselves and road workers.

Impaired Drivers

Adults and teens tend to consume more alcohol during the summer months. Adults are often vacationing or otherwise enjoying the warm weather and lessened work schedule. Teens are off school and gathering with friends. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30 people a day are killed in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.

Staying Safe on the Road this Summer

By understanding the risks of summer driving, you can keep yourself and your family safe. Start by avoiding driving during holidays like the Fourth of July, which tend to have high accident rates. Practice defensive driving at all times, being sure to pay close attention to the roadway and scanning the road ahead routinely. Closely monitor your teen driver. Educate your teen as to the importance of safe driving and driving drunk. Never drink and drive yourself and always be on the alert for signs that a surrounding driver is impaired.

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.


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