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Why Do the Number of Crashes Increase During the Summer Months?

While plenty of individuals eagerly await the carefree summer and warm weather it brings, many remain unaware of the dangers that increase during this time. In this blog, we discuss why exactly the number of car accidents increases during this time and ways that you can ensure your own safety and that of others on the road with you.

The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are notoriously known as the “100 Deadliest Days Summer.” Statistics show that an average of 260 teens are killed in car crashes during the summer months, an increase of 26% compared to the rest of the year.

 

Crashes involving teen drivers increase during the summer months are most often due to a lack of experience, less mature judgment while driving, and increased distractions for teen drivers.

The Season of Car Accidents

In addition to more inexperienced drivers on the road, the number of crashes increases during the summer for a variety of reasons.

 

1. More Travelers: During the summer months, many more people are traveling for summer vacations and holiday gatherings. An increase in road congestion generally increases the number of accidents. This is especially true during holiday weekends such as the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

 

2. Alcohol Impairment: Summertime gatherings with friends and alcoholic beverages are not uncommon during this time. In particular, statistics show that there are more drunk driving accidents, injuries, and fatalities during holiday weekends.

 

3. Car Malfunctions: Warm weather and increased temperatures can play a role in more accidents. In California, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to soar into the triple digits during the summertime. This increases the risk of tire blowouts and overheated engines. It also speeds up the general wear and tear on your vehicle.

 

A culmination of all the above factors can lead to disaster. With all of this in mind, make sure to take extra precautions while on the road this summer. Leave more distance between you and other cars, watch out for drunk and reckless drivers, and make sure you stay up-to-date with your car inspections.

Injured in an Accident?

If you are injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and other losses. McGee, Lerer & Associates is here to provide you with the effective and compassionate legal representation that you deserve and need. we will review your case and discuss what your options are moving forward during your free consultation.

 

Contact our firm at (310) 231-9717 to schedule yours today!