Every year, automotive safety experts remind everyone that summertime is the most dangerous time to drive. In fact, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. There are many reasons for the increase in car accidents in summer.
Increase in Traffic
With everyone going on vacation in the summer, there is an increase in road traffic. When you also consider the summer holidays, the traffic increases ten-fold. The traffic increase means that more car accidents will happen.
More people will be out and go to bars, clubs, and parties during the summer months. Because the weather is nice and warm again, there are more backyard parties and barbecues where people tend to consume large amounts of alcohol.
Drunk driving is a significant cause of accidents in summer. Many holidays in summer involve drinking alcohol as well, such as Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Distracted driving is a problem all year, not just in summer. All it takes is a second of taking your eyes off the road in front of you to cause a crash. You should always keep your focus on the road while driving. If possible, put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode before starting your car.
Similar to distracting driving, speeding is a problem year-round. Many accidents, especially fatal collisions, are caused by speeding.
In the summer, you will encounter rainstorms, and it is essential that you adjust your speed accordingly. This means going below the posted speed limit.
What Should I Do After a Summertime Accident?
If you have never been involved in a car accident before, you may not know what to do after one happens. Here are steps you should take after a summertime collision:
- Call 911 and get the police and emergency medical services at the scene as soon as possible. Your top priority should be your health.
- If possible, get the contact information of all of the people who witnessed the accident. Their testimony can verify your account of what happened and can help you with your personal injury claim.
- Speak to the other driver and get their insurance and contact information. Do not apologize to the other driver or engage in conversation, other than collecting their information.
- If possible, take photographs and videos of the damage to the vehicles and the crash scene. This can help you prove the other driver caused the accident.
- Get follow-up treatment. Do not wait to see your doctor because you could be more injured than you initially think. Establishing a medical record will also help you with your claim.
- Contact a lawyer. A lawyer will protect your rights and determine if you are eligible for compensation.
Mount Holly Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman Helps Drivers Who Have Been Injured in Summertime Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in a summertime car accident, you do not have to go through this alone. Speak with our experienced Mount Holly car accident lawyer at the Law Office of David S. Rochman. Call us at 856-751-2345 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. We are located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.