Ask any auto injury lawyer in North Carolina, and they will tell you that summer is the most dangerous time of the year for auto accidents and injuries. Most people would naturally assume that driving is most dangerous when there are icy roads and stormy weather. However, statistics gathered by the National Safety Council reveal that the most dangerous time and the highest occurrence of accidents and injuries happen during the period between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Interestingly, Saturday stands out as the most dangerous day of the week.
The perfect storm for accident and injury
Not intending to make light of a serious situation, summer time presents a literal “perfect storm of conditions that create a dangerous driving situation. Just as bad weather keeps many people off the roads, the warm and wonderful summer weather encourages many more people to get out on the roads. The summer weather also means that there will be a higher number of hard to see vehicles such as bicycles, motorcycles, skateboarders, along with runners, joggers, and walkers. Throw distracted driving into the mix and the chances of accident and injury increase exponentially. Safety experts attribute the high accident increase during the summer is due to:
- Increased numbers of young drivers on the road
- Higher travel speeds
- Drinking and driving
- Road rage
- Road construction
People drive with less caution because they feel more confident in good weather conditions. Crash data in some states reveal that a significant number of summer accidents are attributed to cars following too closely. If you observe the list above, every situation decreases the driver’s ability to react to sudden of dangerous situations.
Awareness is the key
Personal injury lawyers and safety advocates advise summer drivers to focus on safety and awareness in order to overcome the distractions that come with summer time driving. It is advisable that every driver consider the following:
- Wear your seatbelt
- Do not drink and drive
- Do not drive while using a cell phone
- Make sure that infant and child safety seats are properly installed
A Charlotte, NC personal injury attorney
It is important to remember that no matter how safe you try to be, negligent and irresponsible people are on the road with you. This is why the accident and injury attorneys at the Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC are also ready to work for you and your family. If you or a family member ends up injured as the result of a negligent act or an act of omission; call the offices of the Olive law Firm for a free consultation with a Charlotte injury lawyer.