In summertime, many think of pleasant driving conditions and look forward to family day trips and vacations. Unfortunately, summertime can be an extremely dangerous time on the roadway due to numerous factors that are not present at other times of the year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July and August are the deadliest months to drive, with an average of 116 deaths per day. The next most dangerous months are June, October, and September. The Fourth of July holds a higher death toll with 161 deaths in motor vehicle crashes. In light of these statistics, it is important to be aware of the risks and understand your rights should something happen to you or a loved one on the roadway this summer. You may have a personal injury claim for any damage or injury you experience due to the negligence of others. The attorneys at Emroch & Kilduff will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and let you know whether we believe you have a claim. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (804) 358-1568 or contact us online.
Summertime Potentially Dangerous SituationsUnlike other times of the year, the increase in temperature and number of drivers on the road can create potentially dangerous situations. It’s important to stay alert to summertime road conditions and be prepared for some of the following scenarios that you may face:
- Summer vacation for students - Teen drivers with less experience driving can make mistakes and put everyone on the road at risk.
- Road congestion - An increase in travelers leads to road congestion and can create difficult driving conditions for vacationers on unfamiliar roads and possibly driving distracted referencing GPS and local landmarks.
- Vehicle malfunctions - Engine failure, A/C malfunctions, and tire blowouts due to heat waves and an overall increase in temperature.
- Construction zones - Warmer weather lends itself to more road construction and maintenance creating narrow shoulders, rough pavement, re-routing signs, slower travel and numerous other elements that require close attention to the roadway.
- Motorcycle and bicycles - A bigger presence of cyclists on the road requires special attention to lane changes and general awareness of your surroundings.