With Memorial Day comes the unofficial start of the summer season. The summer months provide a time for many Southern California residents to enjoy the warmer temperatures and to enjoy more leisurely activities such as bike riding, motorcycle riding and the opportunity to take vacations and road trips.
According to Forbes Magazine, statistics show that three of the six most dangerous holidays for auto drivers occur in the summer months.
Overall, there are several factors that can contribute to rising numbers in automobile accidents over the summer season, which may include:
• The increase in construction sites during the summer months.
• The rise in the number of bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road.
• The increase of teen drivers on the road, who have less experience behind the wheel.
• A rise in traffic, which leads to congested freeways, highways, and streets that can become dangerous to navigate.
• Alcohol consumption on holidays, especially on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
There are steps that can be taken to prevent fatal auto accidents during the summer months.
• Make sure you regularly service your car, especially before heading out on a road trip.
• When traveling with children, check to see that they have a proper booster or car seat for their weight and their age. For more information on choosing the right car seat for your child, review these child car seat guidelines.
• Abide by all speed limits, especially while driving through construction sites.
• Never drive while you are tired or while you are under the influence of alcohol. If you are experiencing driver fatigue, pull over and rest. If you are taking a long trip, schedule in breaks to revive yourself.
• Look for bicyclists and motorcyclists while driving, and especially while turning.
My firm has been helping car accident victims for more than 30 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact us at 800-676-5295 for a free consultation.