Summer Heat Brings Rise in Temps and Car Crashes in Louisiana
With the summer solstice on June 20, summertime is now officially in full swing. This change of seasons usually marks nicer weather and higher visibility on Louisiana roads. You’d think these positives would result in less car accidents. However, the opposite is actually true. As our Louisiana accident lawyers can tell you, the incidence of car accidents goes up, not down, in the summer. Here’s our top seven reasons why this is the case.
Reason 1: More Young Drivers Are on the Road
With school out, newly licensed young drivers may take to the road AND spend more time on the road. Their inexperience means that they are more susceptible to making mistakes, and more time on the road gives them more time to make those mistakes and cause car crashes.
Reason 2: More Drivers in General Are on the Roads
As people travel to and from summer vacation destinations or even just decide to take a leisurely drive to get out of their homes, traffic congestion increases. More traffic equals a greater risk of accidents, which only increases when you combine it with other factors that also make driving more difficult, such as road construction and the like.
Reason 3: Crews Are Out Working on Roads
‘Tis the season for construction, and Louisiana is no exception. However, construction can confuse even experienced drivers with the detours and other factors that make driving during construction that much more difficult.
Reason 4: More People Drink and Drive
Drunk driving incidents go up during the summer months, perhaps because “having a cold beer” seems like the thing to do. Be careful and avoid drinking and driving altogether.
Reason 5: Heat Can Cause Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts become increasingly common during the hot summer months. That’s because the heat causes the air inside tires to expand, and the heat can also cause tire rubber to deteriorate more rapidly. Follow this checklist to make sure your tires are in good condition for your next summer road trip.
Reason 6: Summer Drivers Are Lulled into a False Sense of Complacency
While it may seem that summer can bring “easy driving,” what with sunny days, longer daylight hours, and better visibility, Louisiana accident lawyers know that those very conditions can lull drivers into a false sense of security; that can lead to complacency and ultimately, accidents. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that traffic accident numbers are at their highest in July, August, and September.
Here’s why: Bad weather and shorter daylight hours can make drivers naturally more alert and cautious when they drive. Contrast that with the “easy” driving of summer, and drivers tend to relax – to their detriment and to the detriment of those around them.
Reason 7: Fourth of July Is the Deadliest Day of Driving in America
That’s right. The Fourth of July actually sees more traffic accidents than any other day of the year. It’s more dangerous to drive on the Fourth of July than it is on St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Cinco de Mayo, or Super Bowl Sunday.
Hurt in a Summer Car Crash? Let Louisiana Accident Lawyers Help
If you’ve been hurt in a summer car crash as a result of another driver’s negligence, Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys are here to help. Our Louisiana accident lawyers will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is free and there’s no fee unless we win your case. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., but we are available 24/7 at (504) 345-1111 or via our LiveChat. Don’t wait; time is of the essence, and you deserve justice. Call now!
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