Boston Car Accidents: Why Summertime Can Be More Dangerous for Drivers
With summertime quickly approaching, drivers in Boston may have to cope with more than just the heat; the risk of car accident increases as the months warm up, too. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, August is consistently the deadliest month of the year for car accidents. Here are some of the reasons why summertime is more dangerous for drivers, and tips for what you can do to reduce your risk of a crash–
More Teen Drivers on the Road
With school out for summer, the number of teen drivers on the road increases dramatically during the warmest months of the year. Teens are less experienced than other drivers, and are more likely to be involved in a crash than are older, more seasoned drivers. In fact, AAA calls the weeks after Memorial Day the “100 deadliest days of summer,” citing the statistic that during the summer months, crashes involving teen drivers pushes the number of auto accident-related deaths up by 16 percent compared to other times during the year.
Another reason that summertime is more dangerous for drivers is due to the increase in the number of vehicles on the road, and congestion, due to those taking road trips and summer vacations. Not only does traffic increase – which in itself heightens the risk of a collision – but many drivers in the Boston area are unfamiliar with the roads, and are using GPS devices to navigate, which can be distracting.
Less Road Available
The summer means more cars on the road, but it also means more bikes, and more people out walking, too. What’s more, summer is also a popular time for construction, which can mean road closures, delays (which often inspire aggressive driving and road rage), and rerouting of traffic. Less road available and more people using the road is a bad combination, and cyclists, pedestrians, and construction workers are killed every summer in auto accidents.
The Fourth of July is a popular summer holiday, but it is also one of the most dangerous for drinking and driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the 4th of July has the highest daily crash toll, with more people dying in auto accidents on Independence Day than on any other day of the year. 47 percent of deaths on the 4th of July involve alcohol, according to the IIHS. And it’s not just drivers of motor vehicles that are at risk; the holiday is also the deadliest day for motorcyclists.
In addition to Independence Day, the summer is the time of year when many people take vacation time, which is often associated with the act of drinking.
Staying Safe This Summer
To reduce your risk of being involved in an accident this summer, the best thing that you can do is to exercise safe driving practices when behind the wheel. This means taking your time and never driving aggressively, knowing your route, always driving while sober, never driving while distracted, and following all posted traffic laws.
If you are involved in a crash this summer, contact the offices of Tetzel Law, LLC for a free consultation. Our Boston car accident lawyers have experience representing those seriously injured in auto accidents.