Why Is Summer Driving So Dangerous?
Statistics Show that Drivers Are More Likely to End Up in a Collision During Summer Months
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, highways all across the country are packed with people driving to visit family, heading for the beach, going to weddings, and enjoying long holidays. With so many people on the road, summer driving is far more likely to lead to accidents, serious injuries, and even death.
According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is typically a spike in car accidents and related injuries in the later summer months, in July and August—but why?
There’s no clear-cut reason for the increase in car accidents, but there are a few contributors:
- Roadway congestion: Like it or not, driving is usually cheaper than flying. Many families opt to hit the highway and take the long haul to their favorite vacation spot, sometimes driving for days at a time. Even people who aren’t leaving town prefer to get out of the house and enjoy the warmer temperatures during the summer months, creating even more congestion. With more people on the road, accidents aren’t just more likely—they’re inevitable.
- Tire blowouts: Nevada’s extreme summer temperatures could threaten your car’s functionality and make you more likely to experience a blowout while driving. These can lead to serious physical damage, bodily injuries, and even death. You can avoid this one by checking your tires regularly to make sure they are in safe, working condition.
- Young drivers: When high school and college kids are out of school, the roads become exponentially more dangerous. Young adults and teenagers often pose serious risks for other drivers, due to their relative inexperience and propensity for texting and driving. They are also more likely than others to be driving late at night.
There are a number of other reasons why the roads are more hazardous during the summer months, and all drivers should take special caution when hitting the road for vacation, a night out, or just a run to the grocery store. If you get into an accident and wind up hurt or in need of help, our compassionate, experienced car accident attorney can help.
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At Joey Gilbert Law, we are passionate about serving people like you. Combined with years of legal experience and considerable skill, our passion for helping injured people drives us to build strong cases and get the job done right. When you are hurt because of another driver’s negligent behavior, it isn’t fair for you to absorb the cost on your own. That’s why we are here to help you cover your expenses and make up for the losses you experience by holding the other driver responsible for their recklessness.
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