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Deadliest Days on the Road During Summer

School is out, and we find ourselves beginning the 100 deadliest days of driving this summer. With teen drivers out of school and on the road, the odds of an accident increase, according to AAA. Young drivers are less experienced and more easily distracted on the road. This can lead to an increase in accidents. Fatal accidents involving teens increases 16% over summer, according to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA). On average, more than 10 people per day die in an accident involving a teen driver in the 100 days following Memorial Day.

Teens are extremely connected with their cellphones, despite countless campaigns to increase awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. The NHTSA reports that the number of teens reported using a phone while driving quadrupled from 1% to 4.8% between 2007 and 2014. As teens continue to use their handheld devices while driving, the risk of an accident remains high. Inexperienced drivers become more dangerous when distracted.

Out of the most dangerous 100 days to drive this year, you may wonder which are the absolute deadliest. According to data collected by the NHTSA, the most dangerous month to drive is August, and the most dangerous days are Saturdays. Summer brings more travel, and more people may be on the road. Be on the watch for new drivers and be aware that increased traffic can lead to an increase in accidents. Be especially careful when driving at night, as more fatal accidents occur after dark than any other time of day.

Staying Safe This Summer

There are steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe from an auto accident this summer. Talk with your teens about the dangers of driving and cellphone use. Work out an agreement with them to get them to turn off their phones while behind the wheel. Remind them also to slow down and allow themselves extra space.

Make sure your family’s vehicles are in good repair. Take care of any necessary maintenance and check your tires. Hot weather can cause the air inside to expand, and can cause blowouts in worn tires. Maintaining your car’s engine and keeping fluids topped up can prevent overheating, and keep you from finding yourself stranded this summer.

Buckling up is equally important to protect yourself and your family. Many drivers neglect to use a seatbelt, but the effects of a seatbelt in an accident can keep a crash from becoming deadly. No matter how short your trip, be sure to buckle up.

Speeding is another leading cause of accidents. Driving too fast will reduce your time to react to hazards, especially at night or in poor weather. Slow down for poor conditions, and always follow the posted speed limit. You may feel confident in your abilities, but an unexpected danger can be deadly at high speeds.

Limit your distractions as well. You may have asked your teen to put away their cell phone when behind the wheel, and it’s time for you to lead by example. Save texts, calls, using your GPS, or changing your music for when you’re stopped. Keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel will make the most difference when it comes to avoiding accidents this summer.

Taking steps to keep yourself safe this summer can reduce your chances of an accident. Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided. Distracted or negligent drivers can cause accidents and leave you injured. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced auto accident lawyer to learn how they can help you.

Our knowledgeable Washington DC car accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your right to just compensation. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, we are here to help with your case. We have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in compensation. Put our proven track record to work for your case. Contact Simeone & Miller LLP today to schedule a free case evaluation.