Summer brings warmer weather, longer days, and vacations such as road trips. However, did you know that this season is also associated with a significant increase in car accidents?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that the highest number of traffic deaths occur between July and September—with August being the deadliest month on the road.
Here are several reasons why driving in the summertime can be dangerous:
- Young drivers – Now that school is out for a few months, more teenagers and young adults will occupy the roadways for longer periods throughout each day. Since young drivers lack experience behind the wheel, their questionable judgment can increase the likelihood of a collision. In addition, young drivers are more prone to engage in reckless driving behaviors such as texting while driving or drunk driving.
- Increased road travel – When drivers are unfamiliar with a place they’ve never been before or rarely travel to, they are likely to drive erratically and in an unpredictable manner. They are unable to anticipate traffic patterns and more than likely to get lost.
- Cyclists and motorcyclists – More bicycles and motorcycles are out on the roads now that the sun is out and the weather is warmer. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to see, especially when it comes to blind spots.
- Construction zones – The warmer weather and longer days also mean more roadwork. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an average of 773 driving deaths that occur in construction and maintenance work zones each year from 2005 through 201 Leftover debris or tools may still be on the road, which can cause an accident or significant damage if you drive over them.
- Car malfunction – From tire blowouts to overheated engines, the sun can do a number on your vehicle. If a malfunction occurs while you’re driving, it can result in a serious accident. Always make sure your car is in tip-top shape every time the seasons change.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Dallas, contact the Law Offices of Robert Gregg today at (214) 891-7536 and schedule a free consultation.