While it is well-known that the winter season is a dangerous time to drive because of icy conditions and hazardous roadways, millions of car accidents also occur in the summer. In fact, the highest number of motor vehicle-related deaths happen in August.
There are several factors that contribute to this staggering statistic, such as hot conditions causing mechanical breakdowns, more drivers traveling daily because many are off of work, and countless people going on vacations. However, the two most significant factors contributing to the high accident rates of the season are the summer holidays (such as Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, and Labor Day), and the increase of inexperienced teenage drivers on the roads.
The holidays in the summer cause collisions to occur at a higher than normal rate. This is largely due to the fact that many people take work off during the summer to spend time with friends and family. Holidays such as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day see countless adults drinking alcohol and celebrating the warm weather. Sadly, this often leads to impaired judgement, and those that get behind the wheel after drinking may put themselves and others at risk.
Adding to the deadly combination of increased traffic and drunk drivers, there will also be more motorcyclists on the road as the weather becomes warmer. These people are at extra risk because of how exposed they are to the reckless driving behavior of impaired individuals.
Increase in Teenage Drivers
With school years coming to an end in the summer, many car accidents occur due to the increase in teenage drivers on the roadways. These newly licensed drivers hit the roads at an increased rate during the summer months to socialize with friends and family, work summer jobs, and enjoy their vacation. However, this group is not only more inexperienced behind the wheel, but they are also more prone to making bad decisions, such as drinking and driving, driving after drug use, using cell phones while driving, or operating a vehicle on insufficient sleep.
As these young brains are still developing, many teens will engage in reckless driving because they fail to see the consequences. In fact, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as “the 100 deadliest days of Summer” because this is the period where the highest number of fatal teenage accidents occur.
Contact an Attorney Today
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident during this hazardous time, you may be entitled to compensation. O’Connor, Acciani & Levy have experience in this area of law and understand the complexities of car accident liability. Contact an attorney today to discuss the best path forward.