With summer upon us, it is important to evaluate the unique risks that come with the warmer months and extra time for adventure. Among these are increased risks of accidents on public roads and highways, which see a lot of traffic and more teens, tourists, and individuals who have been celebrating than other times of the year.
Because our legal team at the Law Offices of Dan Davis have worked with many car accident victims injured during the summer season, we are well aware of the risks present during this time of year. To help you stay safe, we have outlined a few of the reasons why auto accidents may be more likely during summer:
- Young drivers – Teens and young adults are free from school and college, and they know this full well. With more young drivers on the road, many of whom want to get out and about with friends, there are increased risks. Teens themselves faces the greatest risks of any age group on the road, which is why the period between the Memorial Day holiday and Labor Day weekend have been dubbed the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. Teens and young drivers need to remember their responsibilities when on the road, and that they should always avoid distractions, driving, and reckless or unsafe driving behaviors.
- Tourists – Summer months provide more time for vacations, which means more tourists on the road. Because tourists who choose to drive or rent a car are unfamiliar with local roadways and local laws, they are susceptible to dangerous driving. This includes disobeying traffic laws at unfamiliar intersections or being unaware of their surroundings when needing to make lane changes or exit the highway. Be aware that out-of-towners may make sudden moves, and follow at a safe distance, control your speed, and be extra vigilant.
- More traffic – Summer and summertime events can draw big crowds to your local roads. Be prepared for increases in traffic, especially around holidays. By controlling your speed and following at safe distances you reduce risks of wrecks when traffic becomes suddenly congested. You should also avoid distractions, including cell phones, as they can be immensely dangerous in stop and go traffic.
- Drunk driving – Because summer is time for celebration, and because they are several major holidays during the summer months, alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and deaths often increase. If you have plans to enjoy your summer, do so without getting behind the wheel under the influence. Plan for a ride, stay the night, or take a cab or rideshare if you drink. Being aware that impaired motorists may be on the road, especially during holidays, is also important.
No matter how vigilant you may be, and how cautious you are of summertime roadway risks, there is always the threat of preventable accidents when others are negligent. Fortunately, you have rights as a victim and by working with our Oklahoma City car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Dan Davis, you can protect those rights when pursuing personal injury claims and compensation for the damages you incurred. To discuss a potential case, contact us. Consultations are free and confidential.