Car accidents occur all year round, but did you know that certain factors increase your risk of being injured during the summer months? Below, we provide five reasons why car accidents increase during this time so you can take steps to protect yourself.
More Drunk Driving
Summer is a time for socializing and hanging out with friends and family, and many of these gatherings involve alcoholic beverages. Inevitably, this means that there are typically more drunk drivers on the road during June, July, and August, compared to other months of the year. This is especially true during holiday celebrations, like the Fourth of July.
Construction crews often try to take advantage of the warm summer months by getting as much work done before winter’s arrival. With more active construction projects on the road, there are likely to be road detours, lane closures, temporary signs, and other atypical driving conditions. All of these combined can lead to driver confusion and more road hazards.
100 Deadliest Days of Summer
With students out of school and enjoying the summer break, there are more newly-licensed, inexperienced teen drivers on the road. Every year, fatal teen accidents increases during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer," which is considered the time between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in August. According to data from AAA, the most common causes of teen accidents are speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving.
Summer is one of the most popular times to travel and take vacations. With more people sharing the road, traffic jams and road congestion become more frequent. Bumper-to-bumper traffic can often lead to driver frustration and even aggressive driving or road rage. This can manifest in tailgating, cutting other drivers off, speeding, or excessive honking.
Heat and Car Functionality
As the temperature increases, your vehicle’s functionality may be negatively impacted, especially without routine maintenance. During the summer months, your car is more likely to experience unexpected tire blowouts, battery failure, or an overheating engine—all of which can limit your ability to control your vehicle safely.
Should you be injured in a summertime car accident or at any point, know that Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers is here to help you get your life back on track. Our Shreveport car accident attorneys will do everything in our power to help you obtain maximum compensation and the justice that you deserve.
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