Car accidents tend to occur more often during the summer for a number of reasons. The combination of increased traffic, weather conditions, and human behaviors significantly contribute to this trend. The weather warms up and people tend to travel more frequently and participate in outdoor activities, which can lead to a higher number of accidents on the roads. The following are some of the factors that can contribute to summertime car accidents.
Higher Traffic Volume
Summer is the season for vacations, road trips, and outdoor events. This leads to a significant increase in the amount of traffic on the roads. This higher traffic volume means more drivers are sharing the road, which also increases the risk of crashes, especially in congested areas.
Tourists and Inexperienced Drivers
Popular summer destinations attract tourists who may not be familiar with local roads or driving conditions in these areas. Inexperienced drivers or those unfamiliar with the area may make errors in judgment or navigation, leading to a higher risk of accidents.
There is also an increase in the number of inexperienced teen drivers on the road since schools are closed for the summer and teens are out driving to summer jobs and activities and social time with their friends.
Summer is often the time that many municipalities work on road construction and maintenance projects. As a result, work zones and reduced lanes can cause confusion and congestion among drivers who may not be fully attentive to shifting and changing road conditions.
Many people take advantage of the good weather and vacations to attend parties, gatherings, and other social events during the summer months. Unfortunately, this uptick in socializing also means an increase in drunk driving accidents.
Longer daylight hours and increased outdoor activities sometimes lead to people staying up late. This can mean that people are not getting enough sleep, which causes drowsy driving. Fatigue can impair a driver’s reaction time and decision-making ability, leading to serious crashes.
Adverse Weather Conditions
While summer is generally associated with sunny and warm weather, it can also bring severe storms, with heavy rain, thunder, and lightning. Stormy weather can result in reduced visibility, slippery road conditions, and even flash flooding.
Contact an Arlington Heights Personal Injury Attorney
Despite all the safety precautions you may take as a driver, there are too many other drivers who fail to heed safety warnings, putting you and your family at risk of injury in a summer car accident. If you have been injured, contact [[title]] at [[phone]] to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Rolling Meadows, IL car accident lawyer and find out what legal options you may have for the losses your injuries have caused.