Whether you are planning a road trip with the family or driving over to the beach for the day, the risk of being injured in a car accident increases during the summer months. In fact, more auto accidents occur during the summer months than any other time of year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Longer daylight hours and better driving conditions may give drivers a false sense of safety during the summer months, according to a survey done by Michelin. Two in three drivers (67 percent) report feeling safer while driving in the summer months, citing better road conditions (83 percent) and clearer weather conditions (81 percent).
However, despite the increase in driver confidence, drivers are three times less likely to be vigilant, alert and focused on their immediate surroundings while driving during the summer months as opposed to other times throughout the year.
The study also revealed that drivers were three times less likely to check the condition of their tires during the summer. With the month of June being National Tire Safety Month, this serves as an excellent reminder for drivers to check the condition of their tires. Because in fact, it is heat that is the ultimate enemy of tires. Some of the most severe tire-related accidents are the result of under-inflated tires during the summer months.
Specifically, car accidents go up in July through the month of September, with August being the most dangerous driving month of the year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that over a five-year span (2012-2016), more than 15,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in August, ranking it as the deadliest driving month of the year.
There are several reasons for the increase in auto accidents during the summer months:
- Teen drivers being out of school;
- Increased road construction;
- Tourists and more drivers on vacation;
- Vehicle malfunctions due to the heat;
- More pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles on the road;
- Holiday weekends (i.e. – Memorial Day and Fourth of July).
During the summer months, Florida is a vacation hot spot for thousands of tourists, increasing the likelihood of accidents on the road. Car accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents often occur during this time as a result of drivers’ unfamiliarity with Florida roadways, traffic patterns and unsafe driving behaviors. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident or any other type of accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Car Accident Attorney immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys has helped clients and their families obtain compensation for their injuries and losses in all types of accidents. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website or call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case at 407-490-1271.