The summer is fast approaching. A lot of changes are on the horizon. Children will get out of school. Families will take road trips and vacations. Tourists will be out in force, exploring popular destinations all over the state — and on roads they are not familiar with. Does all of this mean that you should expect an increase in car accidents?
Accidents do increase during the summer months
The truth is that the summer months consistently see increases in traffic accidents, injuries and deaths. There are many reasons that this happens. Here are just a few:
- People tend to put more miles on their cars, especially because families have more free time and take more trips, which increases road congestion and sheer accident odds.
- Adding to the congestion is the fact that road construction leads to lane closures and other such issues.
- Teens certainly drive more in the summer, since they’re not in school. Some drive for work and others drive for fun. Regardless of the reason, since teens have higher accident rates, this increases the risk for everyone.
- Other types of traffic may also be more common in the summer. Examples include motorcyclists, bicyclists and runners.
- Tourists and those on vacation may increase the odds of drunk driving accidents since drinking is more common on vacation.
- Longer daylight hours do improve visibility, but they also mean people are more active and spend more time outside of the house.
This last point is not just projection, but backed up by the statistics. For instance, the fall and winter see a peak time for deadly accidents that runs from 4 p.m. to 7:59 p.m. In the summer months, that peak period doesn’t even start until 8 p.m. and runs all the way until just before midnight. It is clear that there is a shift in when people are on the road based on the light and how long the day feels.
What if you get injured in an accident?
Just knowing that accidents are going to increase doesn’t necessarily protect you, though it can make you cautious. If you are injured in a car accident anyway, be sure you know what legal steps to take to seek compensation.