The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer
Beginning in June through mid-August, many of us will hear the term “100 deadliest days.” The startling phrase isn’t just meant to get your attention; it has some real statistics behind it. Most safety campaigns focus on the 100 deadliest days of summer being particularly dangerous for teenagers. While it is true teens make up the majority of these fatal car accidents, it is important to focus on overall safety during the summer travel season.
For teens finishing the school year, they are focused on freedom! What better freedom is there than to get behind the wheel and be without parental supervision? To them – nothing.
Fatal Car Accidents
According to We Save Lives, a safety advocate foundation, they found that an average 260 teens are killed in car accidents each month during the summer. This figure is an increase of 26% compared to the other months of the year. The majority of these accidents are happening because of driving distractions. However, what many would be surprised to find is the number one distraction is not texting. In fact, 60% of these crashes are caused because teens are distracted by their passengers (15%).
Tips to Avoid Car Accidents
Although we know teens are the predominant age group to be involved in a fatal car accident, this doesn’t discount the other dangers that coincide with summer driving. Here are some summer driving dangers and tips you should pay attention to before hitting the road:
- Congestion: Everyone has their summer vacation spot they want to visit; therefore you will be sharing the road with thousands of other vacation-goers. Congestion on highways and interstates can easily lead to more accidents and road rage. We suggest you plan out your travel in advance, have alternative routes and make sure you have enough time.
- Tire Problems: AAA states that hot weather and burning pavement can cause the air inside your tire to expand. This reaction can lead to blowouts in well-worn tires; an issue that can be resolved by properly checking your tires.
- Construction: The summer months are extremely popular for road construction. According to the CDC, there were 773 traffic fatalities each year from 2005-2014. When drivers see signs for construction ahead they should slow down immediately and take caution.
- Bicyclists and Motorcyclists: Warmer temperatures mean more riders (of all kinds) will be out on the road. Be aware and share the road. When passing a bicyclists, make sure you provide the rider 3 feet of distance. As for motorcycles, Look Twice and Save a Life! http://www.looktwicesavealife.org/
- Overheating: Not only do we need to stay hydrated, but our cars need to be cared for as well in the excessive temperatures. If your car overheats, pull over to the side of the road safely and call for help.
Our hope is that the coming months are safe for you and your loved ones. Let’s all take a stand on staying focused on the road, preparing for travel and abiding by the laws of the road. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, please contact our law office to receive a free consultation.