100 Deadliest Days of Summer
Summertime is arguably the best season, with nice weather and ample sunshine. Summer is the perfect season for more extended vacations, like road trips, with school being out and warmer temperatures. Many of us are eager to hit the road or spend time with friends at the beach, pool, or family cookout.
No matter what your destination, more travelers mean a higher likelihood of traffic-related accidents. Millions of party-goers across the nation love to celebrate the summer holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor day. In fact, most of us have probably attended those parties this summer. But with all the partying also comes more significant instances of drunk driving.
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as “the 100 deadliest days of Summer.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), June, July and August are the most dangerous months for car accidents.
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Since there is such an increased risk of drunk driving in the summertime, it’s essential to stay informed. Read on to find out why these accidents happen and how you can help prevent them. Of course, everyone wants to have a good time, but we also want to keep our families safe on the road.
The more you understand the risks associated with summertime car accidents, the easier it will be to take the necessary precautions for road safety.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a car accident this summer, contact a Denver car accident attorney today. We can help you seek compensation and hold all responsible parties accountable.
Why Do Car Accident Rates Go Up In The Summertime?
With school out for the summer, many teens have fewer responsibilities, like school and after-school sports. They spend more time with friends and often cruise the roadways to pass the time. However, recreational driving can be a hazardous activity. That’s because teens have less driving experience and may be unfamiliar with traffic laws. Furthermore, younger drivers are more likely to engage in distracted driving behaviors like texting, calling, or changing a CD. As a result, they often have higher accident rates than other drivers.
According to a 24-year study by NHTSA, fatal car accidents increased by almost 30% in the summertime. Inexperienced drivers are a particularly vulnerable group compared to other driver groups. Furthermore, an average of 260 teen drivers sustained fatal injuries during the summer months, or “the 100 deadliest days of summer”, every year. That’s a substantial increase compared to other months throughout the year.
Here are some additional statistics on teen driver accidents:
- The annual average for teens involved in fatal crashes is 2,063.
- 642 of those, or 31%, occur during the 100 deadliest days (summer)
- More than 7,124 people died in teen-related traffic fatalities in the summertime (2011-2020)
- That translates to more than seven people per day each summer (compared to the rest of the year, which averages six people per day)
Other Causes for Increased Summertime Car Accidents
Teen drivers are certainly one of the top causes of increased summertime car accidents. However, there is a range of other reasons that make summer the deadliest season for car crashes:
1. More traveling. Families take vacations during the summer months when kids are out of school, and the weather is warm. Consequently, more cars on the road increase the likelihood of accidents.
2. Drunk driving. Many people drink and drive in the summer at parties and gatherings. Drunk holiday drivers fill the roadways on holidays like memorial day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Sadly, drunk drivers are very likely to cause crashes. That’s because drunk driving reduces your reaction time and impairs your abilities. Many drunk or impaired drivers also find it hard to focus on the road, making them a severe risk to themselves and other drivers.
3. Road construction. Increased construction in the summertime makes accidents more likely around construction zones. Unfortunately, many construction companies fail to install the proper signage or leave hazardous debris on the road. Additionally, drivers sometimes forget to exercise caution while navigating construction zones. Or it may be difficult for a driver to see if they are passing a construction zone at night.
4. Higher temperatures – The average temperature in the summer can range from the high 80s and upwards. Car engines can quickly overheat in hotter climates—especially during long road trips in hot weather. The onset of higher temperatures can trigger a defective car part to malfunction. In addition, it becomes more difficult for large mechanical equipment to function efficiently in extreme heat. Other risks associated with higher temperatures include:
- Faster evaporation of battery’s vital liquids
- High heats can weaken battery’s charge and speed up corrosion process
- Hot pavement can wear and tear tires and lead to blowouts.
- High heat levels cause engine oil to degrade or break down
5. Dangerous Weather Conditions. Some regions observe more extreme weather conditions in the summer. For example, coastal areas may see more tropical storms and hurricanes, bringing lower visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
All of the above are factors that contribute to higher incidents of traffic fatalities in the summer. If you sustained injuries in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, we could help you. In addition, you need strong legal counsel to help protect your legal rights.
Contact an Experienced Denver Car Accident Lawyer
Summertime is the season for fun, sun, and vacation. But, unfortunately, all the summertime activity attracts more drivers on the road — and the potential for more accidents.
Our injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for car accident victims in Denver. If you sustained injuries in a car accident this summer, you might be entitled to compensation. We can help you recover for damages like medical bills, lost wages, vehicle damages, and pain and suffering.
We will thoroughly review your case to ensure you take the best action. The stress of an injury with financial hardships and life-altering consequences can take a toll on anyone.
Lacking proper legal representation can further add to your frustration. Therefore, make sure you find the right attorney who is prepared to represent you wholeheartedly.