While it is always important to practice safe driving and to remain cautious while operating a vehicle, during the summer it is paramount that drivers give their full attention to the road, as car accidents in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States are more likely to occur in summertime. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that, in 2014, August had the most fatal car accidents out of any month at 2,513. Teen drivers are especially at risk. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, 15-20-year-olds are fatally injured in car crashes more than anything else.
Why Summer Driving is Dangerous
- Teenage drivers: With the end of the school year comes the opportunity for more teen drivers to be out on the road. Due to lack of experience, the higher concentration of teen drivers on the road means an increased risk of car accidents for them and other drivers as well. It is important for parents to set a good example while driving. Parents should periodically ride along with their teen drivers and help them establish good habits on the road. Texting and driving is a big concern for teen drivers and parents need to reiterate that any form of distracted driving is not acceptable.
- Tires: It is always important to regularly monitor a car’s tire pressure, but during the summer months even more so. Heat causes air pressure within tires to expand, increasing the likelihood for a tire blowout to occur in summertime. Car accidents in Pennsylvania can be prevented by keeping an eye on your tires’ pressure.
- Storms: Summer can bring in storms that come and go with speed and intensity. Make sure your windshield wipers are functioning correctly. Also when experiencing a storm, slow down and increase the distance between your vehicle and others on the road.
- Pedestrians and Bicycles: With summer comes increased foot traffic and bicyclists. According to the IIHS, 720 deaths were reported due to collisions between bicyclists and motor vehicles. Driving alongside bicycles can be dangerous and drivers need to always remain aware of their presence, especially when parallel parking and making turns to reduce the risk of a bicycle accident.
- Speed: Nice weather can give some individuals the inclination to drive faster. Those traveling to special events and vacation destinations may drive faster and, in effect, more recklessly. Always observe the speed limit. Getting to your destination safely is the priority, not getting there faster.
- Drinking and Driving: Summer is often a time for parties, barbecues, and other events that where alcohol is consumed. Drunk driving is the cause of countless car accidents, so always have a designated driver if anyone in your party is planning on drinking.
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No matter how cautious you are while driving, unfortunately there is still a chance that you may be involved in a car accident. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, please contact our experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates. Contact us online or call us at 215-567-6600 to schedule your no-cost legal consultation at one of our convenient locations in Philadelphia or New Jersey.