While summer is the majority of people’s most favorite time of the year – filled with trips to the ballgames and the beaches – it can also be one of the most dangerous for those on the road. To be sure, more people use the road in summer for road tripping, creating congestion and increasing the risk of accidents. Further, one of the deadliest holidays for drinking and driving falls within the summer months: the fourth of July. If you are in a crash in Massachusetts this summer, contact a car crash lawyer for a free case consultation.
Driving During the Summer: Accidents By the Numbers
In the year 2014, there were 310 fatal car crashes in Massachusetts, resulting in 328 deaths, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While monthly data for Massachusetts for the year 2014 is not available, 2012 national data, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shows that there were more than 13,800 fatal crashes reported across the country from the months of May to September. That year, August had the highest number of fatal crashes: 2,838. An article in Forbes further concludes that August is the deadliest month to drive (and that Saturday is the deadliest day).
Why Is Summer So Dangerous?
Summer is a dangerous season to drive for a number of reasons, including those listed above. The summer months are made riskier by:
- An increased number of teens on the road. Since many teens and young adults are out of school for the summer, they are more likely to spend time driving to take trips, to visit friends, and to just cruise along. Unfortunately, teen drivers are less experienced and at a greater risk of accident based on this. As mentioned above, more vacationers tend to use roads during the summer, too, increasing congestion. There are often more bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road as well.
- More road construction. It is rare to see construction projects during the winter, but during the summer, prepare yourself for delays and road closures. While construction is necessary, it often creates congestion and encourages aggressive driving.
- Tire blowouts. With the hot heat of summer, tire blowouts are more common (as are other vehicle breakdowns, like overheating). A tire blowout can lead to a devastating accident and tragic injuries.
Protect Yourself from a Revere Car Accident
Car crashes are not inevitable; instead, they occur because of drivers’ errors. You can protect yourself by committing to safe driving. Safe driving means: never drinking and driving, putting your cellphone away, performing routine maintenance on your car to ensure peak performance, driving defensively, and following all traffic laws.
Revere Car Accident? Contact a Car Crash Lawyer
If you have been in a crash in Revere or surrounding areas, you need a talented car crash lawyer to represent you. At the law firm of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, you’ll find what you’re look for. With over 30 years’ experience representing accident victims in Massachusetts, Attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander knows what it takes to build a strong case! Call today at 781-289-4235.