The summer months typically bring on a spike in car accidents. This can feel a bit surprising since it seems like the poor weather in winter would make accidents more likely during the colder months of the year. When it warms up and you have clear, dry roads, you probably feel safer on the road.
Unfortunately, people also drive more miles in the summer, increasing the risk that accidents will happen. They also travel on unfamiliar roads while taking vacations and road trips. Drunk driving may even be more of an issue as summer holidays, such as the Fourth of July, may lead to many social gatherings.
Plus, you have to consider the massively increased risk you face from teen drivers in summer.
Why are teen drivers such an issue in summer?
It’s clear that teen drivers are a seasonal hazard, as much of the spike in accidents during the summer is due to car crashes teens cause. Some have even called the months of June through August the 100 deadliest days for this specific group of drivers.
What, exactly, is the connection? Well, in many ways, school keeps teens safe because it keeps them off of the road. Their inexperience as drivers — along with many other factors — means that they’re always more likely to crash. When they’re sitting in a classroom, though, they can’t cause accidents.
The summer gives teenagers more free time, less structure, more time for fun with friends and more opportunities to put miles on their cars. Naturally, the number of accidents that they cause also goes up at this time.
What should you do if you were in a wreck?
Have you been hit by a teen driver and seriously injured? You may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and related costs.