Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Summer Car AccidentsJune 11, 2017
Summer means rising temperatures, outdoor barbecues, trips to the beach, and family vacations. Unfortunately, the number of car accidents that occur during the summer months tends to skyrocket, particularly in August and September, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While it may be surprising that there are more car accidents in the summer than in the winter months where snow and ice can cause hazardous driving conditions, the following factors explain this dangerous trend:
- School is out for the summer. This means that there are more inexperienced teen drivers on the road for longer periods of time. Studies suggest that teens are more likely to talk or text while driving, use poor judgment, and be influenced by peer pressure, which can increase the chances of a distracted driving car accident.
- Vacation travel. Lower gas prices and unemployment rates typically result in more people hitting the road for vacations and day trips. Unfortunately, more people on the roads also leads to more wrecks.
- High temperatures can lead to equipment failure. When the weather is extremely hot, certain parts of a vehicle can be affected. For example, if the car’s tires are already worn out, hot weather can cause the air inside the tire to expand. When this happens, it can cause dangerous tire blowouts.
- Increased road construction during summer months. Construction crews often try to take advantage of the warmer weather to get as much road work done as possible before the winter months arrive. As a result, construction zones result in closed lanes, detours, temporary signs, and other changes to the driving conditions. These increase the risk of accidents because there is a greater possibility of driver error.
- Increase in distracted driving. While many states have begun to enforce programs aimed at reducing distracted driving, it continues to be a problem, particularly among teens. Texting while driving, or using a cell phone or any other kind of electronic device while driving can have extremely serious consequences. Avoiding these distractions can significantly decrease the number of car accidents.
Preventing Summer Car Accidents
Always practice safe driving in the summertime and all year round. If you are traveling this summer, give yourself plenty of time so that you do not need to rush. Prepare for traffic delays and potential construction zones. Make sure that you have gotten plenty of rest if you will be driving long distances so that you are awake and alert at all times.
During the summer months, particularly around the holidays such as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day, there is an increased presence of law enforcement patrolling the streets and highways. They will often set up DUI checkpoints in certain areas, observe whether occupants are wearing seatbelts, and check for any other illegal activity.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Injured Car Accident Victims
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a car accident this summer, it is in your best interest to contact the experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our skilled legal team will determine who is responsible for your injuries based on a thorough investigation of your case. We will not stop until we have secured the maximum financial compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.