The sunny summer is the perfect time to hit the road and enjoy mother nature’s beauty. The problem is just about everyone else has the same idea. The roads are packed in the summer months regardless of where you are in much of the continental United States and beyond. So, if you are in an accident here in the Windy City, you will need a proven Chicago auto accident lawyer to help you emerge with justice, compensation, and the closure you deserve. You can do your part to prevent an accident by looking out for the most common summer driving distractions.
Watch out for Summer Construction
Construction is abundant during the summer months. This is the best opportunity to complete construction projects as there is little precipitation, warm temperatures, and minimal chance of any external interference. Watch out for construction workers, cones, equipment, and mind your speed when moving through these zones. Reduce your speed to comply with the lower speed limit and avoid contact that damages your vehicle/others.
Be on the lookout for closed traffic lanes in or near construction zones. Follow all signs for detours. There is much more to pay attention to when driving in or near construction zones. So, keep your focus on the road instead of the many distractions in the vehicle. You can always change the radio station or adjust the air conditioner once you exit the construction zone and put the cruise control back on.
Give Teen Drivers Extra Space
The roads are loaded with inexperienced drivers during the summer months. These youngsters are away from school and have plenty of free time. Much of that free time they may plan to spend on the road. Beware of these teen drivers. Give them extra space. Turn on your blinker well before turning, and proceed with caution as soon as you know a teen driver is in your vicinity.
Reduce Distractions: Out of Sight Means out of Mind
Part of the problem with sharing the road with inexperienced teen drivers is their tendency to fall prey to in-vehicle distractions. Cell phones, GPS systems, radio, music, hands free calling, and other electronic distractions tug at drivers in all directions when the focus should be squarely on the road. Put your phone, portable gaming device, and other distractions away in glove compartments or other spaces to avoid the temptation to use them at red lights, traffic jams, etc.
Summer Heat Heightens the Chances of Equipment Failure
Just about every party in the country has experienced near-record highs in recent summers. Automotive equipment has the potential to fail when temperatures climb into the 90s and toward the triple digits. The tires are especially vulnerable to high temperatures. Worn tires often expand when temperatures rise. This expansion makes blowouts and accidents that much more likely.
Summer Roads are Simply Busier
The most obvious reason why summer driving proves that much more dangerous is the fact that more vehicles are on the roads when the temperatures are warmer. Aside from regular cars, trucks and SUVs, the summer roads and sidewalks are full of pedestrians, bike riders, skaters, dog walkers, and so on.
There is a lot to look out for when operating a motor vehicle. Driving conditions can be that much more challenging even though it is not snowy, misty, or icy. So do not fall into the trap of assuming the drive will be easy as it is a clear sunny day. The sheer volume of extra vehicles makes summer travel inherently challenging.
Avoid Summer Complacency
The sun is out, the cool breeze glides through your hair, and you do not have a worry in the world. This is the type of complacency you must avoid when driving. Though summer roads have less challenges in the way of mother nature, these busy roads can prove difficult to navigate. Add in the fact that summer drivers are much more likely to be inebriated and it is easy to see why there are about two times as many traffic fatalities in the summer than the remainder of the year’s month’s combined.
Injured? You Need an Experienced Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer on Your Side
Even a seemingly minor injury has the potential to gradually worsen and become a significant injury that bothers you for decades or even the remainder of your life. Our Chicago auto accident lawyer is here to help you. We will pursue the financial compensation you deserve for medical care, lost time at work, pain, suffering, and other losses.
Reach out to us at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys to schedule a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win your case. You can reach us by dialing 708-222-2222. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., yet we are available 24/7 to take your call. You can also reach us through our website’s convenient LiveChat feature.