Ask any driver whether they prefer driving in the winter or summer, and they’ll probably enthusiastically tell you that summer is their preference.
Unfortunately, summer is actually the worst time to be on the road. In fact, we’re approaching the early start of the most dangerous season for driving very soon.
What the statistics say about summer driving
According to a 24-year study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), May kicks off the start of a months-long period where traffic fatalities start to rise. June, July and August will only make things worse, with about 29% more fatal wrecks than you can expect to see in the deepest part of winter in December through February of each year.
What’s behind the trend toward danger in the summer?
The reasons for the rising risk to drivers aren’t 100% clear, but researchers do have a few ideas. Namely:
- The weather is nice and people simply do more driving than normal, even in their own local areas.
- There are lots of people taking vacations, and that has them driving through unfamiliar areas where accidents are more likely.
- There are more teenage drivers on the road, especially once school lets out, and that means inexperienced drivers behind the wheels of more vehicles.
- There are more pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists about, which can contribute to driver confusion and mistakes.
No matter how safe you may be as a driver yourself, there’s always someone out there on the road who is distracted, tired or just plain bad at driving. If you’re injured in a wreck, you have a right to expect fair compensation for your losses.
Get a local advocate on your side
You need an advocate who will aggressively represent your interests. Steven Morgan is a local attorney here in Brunswick, Georgia, who gives every case his personal attention. Please call us today at 912-289-0640 or contact us online to learn more.