Summertime symbolizes freedom for teenagers and the excitement of summer holidays and warm weather for adults. Unfortunately, with this increase in traveling and partying comes the increase in car accidents and related injuries. There are various factors that result in this period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, also known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Driving. If you are going to be driving on busy roads this summer, then you should be aware of the reasons why there is an increase in car accidents during the summertime.
What Are Factors That Lead to Car Accidents in the Summer?
- More teenagers are on the road. Since school is out for the summer, more inexperienced teenage drivers are now on the roads. Lack of driving experience can lead to questionable judgments and hence, more car accidents. Be aware of inexperienced drivers around you when you’re on the road, and make sure to educate your teenager on the dangers of drunk and reckless driving.
- More drivers on vacation. Summer means vacation for many working adults and families, which will inevitably lead to more road congestion. Congested streets can lead to other driving complications such as road rage and damaged roads, so plan ahead. Tourists are also unfamiliar with the roads, so they might drive slower and be unpredictable.
- Tire blowouts and flats. Hot summer heat can wear down your tires and make them more susceptible to flats and blowouts on the road or highway. Make sure to check your tires on a regular basis.
- Construction. Summertime also means an increase in road construction. Maintenance and construction zones cause an increase in driving fatalities every year because of more road hazards and narrowed lanes. Thankfully, there are driving apps that can alert you if there is a construction zone on your driving route.
- Other types of vehicles on the road. With the nicer weather also comes more cyclists and bikers taking the streets. This can also result in more accidents because driving alongside cyclists can make certain traffic maneuvers harder to predict and more dangerous.
- Complications of excess heat. Your engine also has an increased chance of overheating in the hot sun, especially if you are sitting in traffic. Prepare yourself if you know you’ll be sitting for a long period of time in your vehicle. Keep your air conditioning on, and if your engine overheats you can pull over and let it cool down.
If you are involved in a car accident this summer and you are seeking compensation for your injuries, then you should contact an experienced car accident attorney today. Call Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza today for a consultation.