Summertime is here and millions of people are enjoying the fantastic weather, lounging by the pool, going on road trips with their friends, and more. However, what many people don’t know is that the season is one of the most dangerous times to drive and that summer car accidents are frequent. In fact, August typically has more accidents than any other month of the year.
People are undoubtedly moving around more as vacation season heats up and patience for sheltering wears thin because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patterson Legal Group is here with some safety tips that will help you and your family stay safe on the roads this summer.
Make Sure Your Car Is Ready for the Heat
Hot weather is rough on automobiles. The added stress of operating during high temperatures could lead to vehicle failure. In extreme cases, the heat may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and hit another car or an obstacle.
Making sure that your car is ready for the heat goes a long way towards avoiding summer car accidents. Be sure to check your tire treads, fluid levels, and battery condition–especially if you plan on going on a long road trip.
Be Wary Around Construction Zones
Construction normally accelerates during the summer, due to the extended daylight hours and favorable weather. Construction zones are filled with debris, obstacles, and workers that aren’t usually present. Swerving to avoid a construction worker or running over some heavy gravel could lead to a construction zone accident.
When driving near or through construction zones, it’s important to reduce your speed and keep a careful eye out for any obstruction. Be especially careful if there are workers operating near the road. Pay attention to signage that indicates closed lanes or detours. Lastly, minimize any distractions that could keep you from playing close attention to any dangerous conditions near construction zones.
Look Out for Young Drivers and Pedestrians
School’s out for summer, which means more young drivers on the road and young people walking about town. While there are many young people that drive safely, there are also many young drivers that are inexperienced and easily distracted. If you spot any young people on the road, give them adequate space in order to avoid any accidents.
Similarly, look out for young people walking on sidewalks and crossing streets. Many of them are enjoying their time off and soaking up the excellent weather. Safety may not be the first thing on their minds. Slowing down for youngsters on the street and being prepared for any sudden movements can help you avoid causing a pedestrian accident.
Distracted Driving Leads to Summer Car Accidents
It’s easy to get distracted by the sights and sounds of summertime. Add that to the typical causes of distracted driving–mobile phone use, loud music, etc.–and you have a recipe for disaster. To avoid distracted driving, be sure to:
- Limit mobile phone use
- Avoid eating or drinking while driving
- Avoid complicated tasks or multitasking while driving
- Make any mirror or seat adjustments before driving
- Lower music volume so that you can hear surrounding traffic conditions
Contact a Summer Car Accidents Lawyer
Although summer is a pleasurable time for many, the increased chance of an auto accident can ruin the season. Being especially mindful on the road will help you enjoy summertime incident-free.
At Patterson Legal Group, we hope that you and your family have a safe and wonderful summer. Be sure to follow the safety tips above and share them with your friends.
That said, we understand that some accidents are unavoidable and can occur no matter how safe you’re being. If you’ve gotten to an accident due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, please contact us for immediate assistance.
Our team of compassionate legal professionals will take care of your needs, while our attorneys will vigorously represent you to ensure maximum compensation for your pain and suffering. Patterson Legal Group is available 24/7. Contact us today by phone at 888-687-2400 or online through our convenient LiveChat or secure contact form.
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