Summer is just around the corner, and for many people, that means more time traveling or enjoying the many parks and landmarks across the state. Unfortunately, summertime driving can be deceptively dangerous. While there are no icy roads, and the springtime rain and flooding risk has abated, there are other dangers of summer driving that drivers should be aware of.
In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2014, June, July, and September each reported more than 2,800 fatal accidents each. In August 2014, there were a reported 3,037 fatal accidents. Why are the summer months so dangerous? Let’s take a look at a few of these factors.
More Teenage Drivers on the Road
The summer months mean that school is out and more teenagers are free to roam Texas roadways. Unfortunately, teenage drivers often lack the experience and sound judgment that reduces the risk of auto accidents. Teenage drivers are consistently ranked as the most likely demographic to be involved in auto accidents.
More Motorcycles and Bicycles on the Road
Warmer and drier weather also means that there will be more motorcycles and bicycles on the roadway. Drivers should be cautious, and should obey traffic laws pertaining to motorcycles and bicycles that share the roadway. Auto accidents injure thousands of motorcyclists and bicyclists every year in Texas.
Road Congestion due to Vacationers
Vacationers traveling through and around Texas can cause road congestion, especially on weekends and peak holiday travel dates. Congested roadways can create impatience, recklessness, and the potential for road rage. Many vacationers also are unfamiliar with the roadways, which can increase the risk of accidents.
Sun and heat are a unique danger for summer drivers. Before traveling, make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained to avoid overheating, tire blowouts, or air conditioner problems. If you are traveling a long distance, keep chilled water on hand, and take as many breaks as are needed to prevent you or your vehicle overheating.
Summer is a popular time for construction crews to work on Texas roadways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2005 to 2014, there were 773 fatalities from auto accidents that occurred in a construction or “work zone”. It is important to recognize this risk, allow extra travel time, and keep a calm head while driving through these areas.
Staying Safe on Texas Roadways
Some of the summer dangers discussed above will apply to other seasons and situations as well. No matter what season, or where you are driving, it is important to recognize potential dangers and strive to minimize auto accident risks.
If you have questions about staying safe on Texas roadways, or have been involved in an auto accident, contact Daic Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call our office at (713) 808-5246, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.