Colorado is a wonderful place to be during the summer months. Whether hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, going to a Rockies game, or just lounging in your local park, the warmer months provide a great opportunity to get outdoors and have fun. Unfortunately, not everything is as enjoyable. Despite the state being known for its snow, summer is the most dangerous driving season for Coloradans. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), July and August see more car crashes and vehicular-related deaths and injuries than any other months. Here are five summer driving hazards of which you should be aware in order to avoid ruining your fun:
1. Less experienced drivers are on the road for longer periods of time
Experience makes people better, and driving is no exception. Those who have been driving for smaller periods of time tend to experience more accidents. Teenagers, who are out of school for the summer, spend approximately 40 more hours per week behind the wheel. Due to a lack of defensive driving skills gained over time and an increasing fascination with distracting technology (texting anyone?), an increase in teen drivers also means an increased risk while driving during the summer. Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that approximately nine individuals will be killed and more than 1000 people are injured each day due to distracted driving.
2. More people are sharing the road
With warmer weather and plenty to do, Colorado experiences an increase in drivers during June, July, and August. However, those in cars and trucks aren’t the only drivers on the road. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists spend more time out on the road as well. This influx of various drivers makes for a more complicated drive and further increases the risks of the road.
3. More road work is being executed
After the cold winter months have wreaked havoc on the roadways, the warmer months are much more conducive to getting work done. This means that more work crews are out on the roadways during the summer, and more lanes are closed. This can also make for a more complicated driving experience and a higher risk for collisions. Therefore, it can help to check out where roadwork is occurring before you even get behind the wheel.
4. Warmer temperatures can negatively impact your vehicle and its equipment
Your vehicle can take a lot of stress. But when summer heat plays a part, that stress is only compounded. For vehicles that are older, have been driven for longer, or have equipment that was not properly installed to begin with, this added stress could cause your vehicle’s equipment to malfunction. When the equipment that is affected proves vital to the car’s ability to safely operate, it can more commonly result in an accident.
5. Increased social events lead to increased drinking
Warmer months often bring more social gatherings, and more social gatherings often mean more alcohol. From barbeques to baseball games, more people are imbibing. With more people vacationing and out of school, impaired drivers can cause tragic results. That is why it is imperative to always wear your seatbelt.
It is important to remember that auto insurance is crucial. Obtaining complete auto insurance for all circumstances can help to cover the costs associated with any damages or injuries you may suffer in an auto accident. A single policy can cover many different types of coverage, so it is important to do your homework and research your options.
The Attorneys at Mintz Law Firm Help Those Who Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, whether due to these hazards or others, it can have a profound impact on your life. From your physical injuries, to your ability to work, to your finances, the results of an auto accident can negatively impact you. Crashes happen, but you should not have to pay for the mistakes of others. That is why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Colorado personal injury attorney.
At Mintz Law Firm, we understand how a single car accident can change everything. That is why we will advocate for your rights and fight to get you the justice you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, check out our page on auto insurance, or call us at 303-462-2999 today!