Most people would logically assume that driving in winter months is more dangerous than driving in summer months due to snow and ice; however, more fatal car accidents actually happen in the summer than during any other season. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been called the one hundred deadliest days of summer due to the increased number of fatal crashes that occur during this time. A number of factors can contribute to deadly summer crashes, such as:
- Teen drivers: More teen drivers are on the road in the summer while schools are closed. Teen drivers are generally inexperienced and may not always exercise good judgment. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers between 15 and 20 years old. Safety advocates are encouraging parents to talk to their teens about driving safely and refraining from texting while driving.
- Traffic increase: Summer vacations lead to increased traffic and road congestion which can result in traffic jams, impatience, and road rage. Allow plenty of time for your summer travel and drive defensively to avoid potentially devastating accidents.
- Tire maintenance: Underinflated tires can affect your car’s performance, and overinflated tires can result in a dangerous blowout. The air in tires expands in hot weather, and if the tires are worn out, there is an increased risk of a blowout. Tires should be regularly inspected for air pressure and condition during the summer.
- Drinking and driving: Many barbeques, pool parties, and other celebrations take place in summer, and alcohol is often involved. Be sure to avoid driving while impaired or appoint a designated driver if you plan to drink this summer.
- Construction: Most road work takes place in the summer and construction zones cause an increased risk of car accident fatalities. Be cautious and avoid speeding while driving in work zones this summer.
- Bikes and pedestrians: Warm weather means more motorcyclists, bike riders, and pedestrians will be out and about in the summer. Drivers must stay alert and share the road to avoid accidents.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence or misconduct, call the Moyles Law Firm at 412-281-1055 in Pittsburgh, or 717-233-5400 in the Harrisburg area, or contact us online for a free consultation with a Harrisburg car accident lawyer.