The summer sees an increase in many things. The daylight hours are longer than they are in the winter. Students have more time off from school than they do during the school year. People take more trips and vacations.
But not everything is positive. There’s also a consistent increase in fatal car accidents every summer, so you need to be aware of the risks.
More teen drivers
One reason for this increase in fatal accidents is simply that there are more teen drivers on the road. These are people who would have been in class during the school year, but they have more free time and so they spend more time driving. However, teens have long had the highest fatal accident rates in the country because they are inexperienced drivers, so having more of them on the road during the summer means more of these wrecks will take place.
Drunk driving tends to increase
There’s also the fact that drunk driving is more common in the summer than in any other season. Some of this is due to the summer vacation from school, but it also happens because of many holidays that involve backyard barbecues and get-togethers with family and friends. Not everyone stays sober at these gatherings, so there are often drunk drivers heading home in the evening or even early the following morning.
Hopefully, you can stay safe this summer, but if you are injured by another driver or if you lose a loved one in a car accident, be sure you know what options you have to get the compensation you need to keep your family intact and allow you to move forward.