Summer is here and the number of drivers out on the road will significantly increase as people head out for vacation or other travels. And why not…the kids are out of school and the summer months are a good time to travel. But along with the increase of drivers on the road, the number of car accidents soars, too. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more car accidents occur during July, August and September than any other time of the year. These months should be about fun, not dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident. However, if you or your loved ones are injured in an accident, a Yuma accident lawyer could help you get back on track.
Factors That Increase Accident Risk
Yes, the sheer volume of vehicles does increase the odds of getting into an accident. But there are other factors that increase the risk of being part of a car accident during the summer:
- More teen drivers on the road. With school out, teen drivers will spend more time driving and for longer periods of time. These young and inexperienced drivers are also at a higher risk for causing an accident because they are at higher risk for distractions.
- Not just more cars on the road either. During the summer, there are more motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the roads. Drivers need to pay more attention because it can be difficult to see these individuals while driving, especially at night.
- Summer time is party time. Between graduation parties and long holiday weekend celebrations, the likelihood of encountering a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases. During the summer, especially around the holidays, you might see an increase of law enforcement on the road and DUI checkpoints.
- More roadway repair and construction going on. This might not always be the case in the Yuma area during the summer. But if you are traveling in other parts of the country, road crews take advantage of the warmer months to get construction and repairs done before the winter comes. Highway work zones can be difficult to navigate with traffic, poor road conditions, detours, and distractions from noise.
- Summer heat increases the risk of vehicle equipment failure. If the pavement is hot enough to fry an egg on a sidewalk in southern Arizona, imagine what the hot blacktop is doing to your car’s tires. There is an increased of tire blowouts during the summer that can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
Stay Safe This Summer
As a responsible driver, you should do your part to avoid becoming an accident statistic by:
- Never driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Today, with the availability of Uber and Lyft, there is no excuse to drive drunk.
- Inspecting your tires often, especially before a long drive. The heat causes the air pressure in your tires to quickly rise. If you have tire pressure sensors, keep an eye on your tire pressures. If you do not have sensors, regularly check your pressure manually.
- Not driving distracted. Texting or fiddling around with your GPS will take your attention away from the road. If you need to make a call, answer or send a text, or program your GPS, pull over to a safe spot to do so.
- Reinforcing safe driving practices with your teenage drivers. Consider installing an app on their phone that disables their ability to text while they are driving.
In a Wreck? You Need a Yuma Accident Lawyer
Despite your best efforts, you or someone you love could end up in a auto accident through no fault of your own this summer. If one of you is seriously suffers injury, you need a Yuma accident lawyer to protect your right for compensation. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys are available 24 hours a day at 844-977-1900 to take your call. You can also chat with an online representative via our LiveChat feature. Do not delay, we offer free consultations and will fight to protect your rights.