You might assume that it’s more dangerous when driving in the winter because of reduced visibility, slippery roads, and darker commuting hours. However, stats show that you’re actually more likely to get into an accident in the summer. Here are a few reasons why.
Why Are Car Accidents More Common in the Summer?
There are numerous reasons why drivers are more at risk of becoming involved in a car accident during the warmer months than any other time of the year. One reason is the nicer weather which means there’s more opportunity to head to the cottage for the weekend. And as travellers fill the roads on Friday afternoons and then again on Sundays, highways and major roadways become quickly congested, causing major gridlock. Being stuck in the car on a busy road can typically cause agitation, patience to run out and road rage to surface which can lead to dangerous driving.
Road construction also ramps up during the summer, resulting in more congestion and unfamiliar hazards on the road. So it should come as no surprise that many accidents occur in construction zones during the summer months.
The sun can also be partially to blame for a number of vehicle-related accidents in the summer. Intense glare, especially during the morning and evening commutes, can make it difficult to see clearly even with sunglasses and the visor down.
Summer is the time of backyard barbecues, pool parties and get-togethers. Alcohol and heat exhaustion can turn into a dangerous combination. Impaired driving accidents escalate during the summer as a result, causing serious injuries and even death.
What You Can Do to Stay Safe
It’s important to stay alert and sober when out on the road. When driving, avoid using your cellphone and keep your hands on the wheel at all times. If you’ve had even one alcoholic drink, call a cab to get home instead. Even if you’re not technically impaired, if any alcohol is found on your breath and you’re involved in an accident, you could be held responsible.
Drivers should also pay close attention when driving through a construction zone. Slow down and follow the signs. Give space between your vehicle and the others around you so you have enough time to react to the changing road conditions.
If the sun is at a low point, reducing visibility or a sudden downpour occurs, pull off the road and wait until normal visibility returns.
What to Do If You’re Involved In an Accident
If you are involved in an accident that causes injury, call us at Zuber Brioux immediately. Our accident and personal injury lawyers will make sure your rights are represented and you are awarded the compensation you deserve.