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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Staying Safe on Summer Roads

Summer is right around the corner and that means family vacations, road trips, and plenty of warm-weather holiday fun. With the snow and sleet a distant memory, you may think road conditions are safer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, have found that July and August are actually the two deadliest months for car crashes and vehicular-related deaths.

How Do You Stay Safe on the Roads this Summer?

Summer roads are dangerous for a number of reasons. Being aware of the conditions that increase your risk on the roads this summer can help you avoid some of the dangers. For instance, road construction tends to increase in the summer. This can lead to increase traffic congestion or unfamiliar detours. It can also be a distraction for drivers. Make sure to plan your route out beforehand and check to see if there is any construction on the route. Drive defensively to protect yourself from other drivers who may not be paying attention to the road like they should.

Defensive driving will also serve you well considering that the summer brings a higher number of teens out on the road. The lack of driving experience among the teenage population is dangerous enough, but teenagers also tend to be less risk averse than other drivers. Teenagers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a car crash. Being prepared for these less experienced drivers by driving defensively and remaining vigilant of the riskier driving maneuvers of other drivers will help keep you safe out on those summer roads.

With increased construction, increased congestion, and more inexperienced drivers on the road, tempers can run high. Try and keep a cool head despite the high temperatures. Road rage is real and it can be dangerous to you, your passengers, and other vehicles on the road.

Another major contributing factor to the increase in motor vehicle crash fatalities during the summer is drinking and driving. With more people taking vacations or celebrating holidays such as the Fourth of July or just relaxing at a barbecue, there is no lack of opportunity to partake in alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, too many people proceed to drive after they have been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there is a significant increase in the number of intoxicated drivers during the summer months and that this results in close to twice the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities than all other times of the year combined. Keep yourself and everyone else on the roads safer by never drinking and driving.

Fighting for those Injured in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Driving always has its dangers. As we approach summer, be aware of the unique hazards this time of the year presents. If you find yourself to be an injury victim in a car crash, contact The Cassidy Law Firm today. We fight for the injured to help make sure they are properly compensated for their injuries.

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