Pool covers are coming off, schools are winding down, ice cream shops and drive-in movie theaters are packed with families and the roadways are filling up with excited vacationers. Summertime is here!
While warm weather and time off for much-needed rest and relaxation are welcomed thoughts, there’s a lingering danger in these warm summer months. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more fatal traffic accidents occur in the summer, July being the worst. Fatalities are also higher on weekends and in the evening hours, while Independence Day tops the charts for highest vehicular-related death toll on a single day.
Despite its cold and often inclement weather, winter is not the most dangerous time to be on the roadways. During the summer, more teens are out of school and driving around, scorching temperatures cause tires to blow out and engines to overheat, roads become congested with tourists flocking to their vacation destinations and roadwork makes getting around more difficult. Ultimately, more people on the road means heightened chances for an accident to occur.
To stay safe when driving, always wear your seatbelt, do not text and drive, obey the speed limit, ensure that your car is inspected before traveling and never drink and drive. If you should get into an accident, here are five steps to take:
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us for a free consultation with one of our attorneys, (845) 897-5199.