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Berelc Law Firm, P.C. July 10, 2022

How to Avoid Summertime Car Accidents

Summertime is the best time to take spontaneous road trips and adventures. However, with more traffic on the roads, there comes a higher risk of car accidents. As the warmer months continue to arrive, drivers must be aware of ways to avoid unexpected collisions. Here are some tips to remember next time you find yourself on a road trip with friends or family:

Regular Maintenance

Heat can affect your car more during the summer months than it would in cooler temperatures. This is why regularly maintaining your vehicle is essential. Breaking down on busy highways or streets can be very dangerous. Check your battery, tires, and oil to ensure your car is running correctly.

Keeping an emergency kit in your back seat or trunk can also be beneficial. This could include flashlights, phone chargers, jumper cables, or first aid kits.

Stay Focused

With driving comes the possibility of many distractions. Whether a driver is texting, trying to squeeze in a quick meal, or fidgeting with the GPS, the effects of not staying focused on the road can be deadly. Stay committed to focusing on the road as much as possible when driving. For people who struggle with not using their cell phones, many distracted driving apps are available for download to help fight the urge and save a life.

Avoid Driving During High Traffic Times

Try to drive at times of the day that are less busy than others. Mornings are typically a great time to travel, except Sundays, when people usually return from a weekend out of town.

Holidays are also a time to consider taking more precautions on the roads. According to AAA, one of the worst days to travel in many metropolitan areas is the afternoon of July 3rd, as many people are leaving town for the holiday.

Be Conscious of Drunk Driving

Summertime generally brings more parties and celebrations while a lot of time drinking is involved. Although there are significant consequences associated with drunk driving, it sometimes isn't enough, and people still drive after drinking. Whether it's you, a family member, or a friend, be sure to have a designated driver who can operate a motor vehicle safely. Rideshare options such as Uber or Lyft can help ensure no one in your party is driving drunk.

Keep an Eye out For Motorcyclists

During warmer months, motorcyclists are more likely to take joy rides on their bikes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Council, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash than car passengers are. Due to the size difference of the vehicles, they may sometimes be hard to see, so it's essential to be aware when you are sharing the road with motorcyclists.

Be Mindful of Teens

Summer is a high school student's favorite time of the year due to school being out. This means they have more time to hang out with their friends and use their recently received licenses. Teenagers are likely to become distracted behind the wheel as well, especially having friends in the car. This can lead to an increased risk of collisions.

Contact A Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident due to other drivers' negligence, you should contact an attorney right away as you may be owed financial compensation. Working with an attorney can be beneficial in helping the chances of your case outcome. When filing a claim against a negligent driver, one mishap on your submission can result in delayed or minimized payout amounts. Here at Berelc Law Firm, we have a team of committed lawyers who are ready to be a valuable resource to your case. We are committed to supporting you throughout the entire legal process.

Contact us today or visit our website and fill out a form to schedule your FREE case review. We want to help.