From the icy roads during winter to spring showers, many people believe the hot summer months present the most favorable driving conditions. However, this season has its own set of dangers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most car accident deaths occur between July and September. Nationwide—a U.S. insurance company—reports that the month of August experiences the most crashes and traffic fatalities than at any other time of year.
The most common summer driving dangers include:
- More young drivers on the road – Since high school and college students throughout Georgia and the rest of the United States are on summer break, more teenagers and young adults will be driving on the road. However, young motorists lack driving experience and are more reckless on the road, which increases the risk of a collision. In addition, they have the tendency to use their cellphones while driving.
- Vacation traffic – Now that vacation season is here, many people are taking time off from work and hitting the road (or air). Due to the increase in road trips in the summer, there will be more traffic. Unfortunately, congested roads result in unfavorable driving conditions and the possibility for road rage. Furthermore, vacationing drivers are typically unfamiliar with their surroundings, resulting in erratic or unpredictable driving.
- More motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians on the road – The warmer weather presents favorable road conditions for bikers, cyclists, and pedestrians looking to take advantage of the outdoors. However, motorcycles and bicycles are difficult to see and can easily disappear in the blind spots of drivers. Bikers, cyclists, and pedestrians lack the amount of protection given to drivers of motor vehicles, which means an accident involving a car and one of these parties can result in catastrophic and fatal injuries.
- Construction – The warmer weather also presents favorable conditions for construction. However, construction zones increase roadblocks, detours, delays, and congested roads.
- Car malfunction – The sun can do a number on your vehicle—without proper maintenance and upkeep. Hot weather can cause the air inside your tires to expand, resulting in a blowout. The sun can also affect your engine, causing it to overheat and lead to a breakdown or even fire.
By understanding the potential driving dangers in the summertime, you can avoid being involved in a collision.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in Savannah, contact Scot Kraeuter Personal Injury Law today at (912) 209-6513 and request a free consultation.