Warm weather brings the “100 Deadliest Days” for driving.

Beware of These Summer Driving Dangers

Even in California and Arizona, it seems logical to assume that driving in the fall or winter is more dangerous than in the summer. While we don’t generally have snow or ice, inclement weather is more likely during these months, leading most people to think that deadly car accidents are more common in these months. Yet across the country, more fatal car accidents actually happen in the summer during any other season, earning the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the name of the “100 Deadliest Days.” This is due to the increased number of fatal crashes that occur during the summer, putting everyone at risk — but particularly teen drivers.

At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we have seen the results of serious and fatal crashes, and we want to help everyone avoid these types of accidents. As experienced car accident attorneys, we know that summer driving brings special dangers, particularly here in California and Arizona. Here are a few things to watch out for this summer:

Tourists: In California and Arizona, we have tourists year-round, but in the summer, they may be an even more common sight on our roadways as they rush to explore our attractions, such as amusement parks, beaches, and famed national parks. Be aware that many out-of-state drivers won’t be familiar with our roads and traffic laws and drive defensively to avoid getting in accidents with tourists on the road.

Traffic Increases: In addition to tourists, summer vacations generally lead to an increase in traffic and road congestion. This can lead to traffic jams, people being impatient, and road rage. Make sure that when you head out for your own summer vacation or just your daily commute, you leave plenty of time so that you don’t become frustrated by these situations.
Teen Drivers: Because schools are closed, more teen drivers are on the roads during the summer than during other times of the year. Teenage drivers are generally less experienced and more prone to take risks. They may also be more likely to engage in dangerous driving behavior like texting and driving. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. If you have a teen driver, talk to them about staying safe on the road.

Impaired Driving: While driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can happen at any time of the year, many pool parties, graduations, weddings, picnics, and other celebrations take place in the summer months, and alcohol is often involved in these events. Avoid drinking at these events, or have a designated driver if you do plan on drinking.

Bikes & Pedestrians: When the weather is nice, more bikers, walkers, and runners will be outside exercising. Drivers should be cautious to make sure that share the road safely.
Proper Tire Maintenance: Under-inflated tires can impact your car’s performance, and overinflated tires can actually lead to a blowout. The air in your tires will expand in hot weather. If your tires are worn out, you are at an increased risk of a blowout. Check your tires regularly during the summer to verify their condition and air pressure.

Construction: Most road work occurs during the summer. Construction zones and unfamiliar traffic patterns can lead to an increased risk of car accident fatalities. Avoid speeding in work zones, and be cautious whenever the traffic pattern changes.

If you are involved in an accident this summer, the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker can help. Contact us at 800-333-0000 or to schedule a free initial consultation. We never charge a fee unless we recover money for you!