CollisionHuntington, WV- For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff of summer. Starting this weekend up until Labor Day, road traffic amps up as families and individuals hit the road for summer vacation.
During the average Memorial Day weekend, 400 Americans will lose their lives in traffic accidents with 44 percent of those accidents caused by drunken drivers. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days for motorists, according to the National Safety Council. In 2012, in the months of June, July and August, there were about 10,000 fatal traffic collisions.
Better weather doesn’t mean safer. There is this misconception that winter creates more risk of a person being involved in a traffic. While snow and ice do create situations that make it easier to be involved in a traffic collision, winter is the not the most dangerous time on the road. Summer is for a variety of reasons which we’ll discuss.
With warm days and plenty of sunshine, summer is a perfect time to take to the open road for a beach vacation, to visit a National Park or hit an amusement park. The thing is many Americans have the same notion so traffic on the nation’s highways increases during the summer. Roads often come more congested thereby increasing the potential for risky road behaviors and road rage.
Vacationers are unfamiliar with the area they are traveling around, so they tend to drive more slowly, are often distracted by their GPS systems and are trying to take in all the news sights.
Summer also means more teen drivers will be behind the wheel. Unfortunately, more teen drivers mean the roads are more dangerous for everyone. Their inexperience and willingness to take risks older more experienced drivers avoid makes them more prone to creating and being in a deadly accident.
Summer is also a time when we see more construction in the roads. A work zone can dramatically change the conditions on the road so motorists need to be aware of when they are approaching a work zone and slow down.
Another danger of summer is tire blowouts. Heat causes the air in tires to expand and if tires are worn they can blowout. Before heading out, motorists need to check their tires and replace any that could blow out.
During the busy travel months of summer, motorists need to be vigilant and take all the steps they can to ensure their safe travel. If they do have the misfortune of being in a serious traffic collision, then we recommend they consult with West Virginia traffic accident attorney to inform them of their rights and outline their options for obtaining a fair settlement for the at-fault driver.
Whatever the reason for your accident, when enlist one of the personal injury lawyers at USAttorneys will work hard to prove fault, and will provide you with a winning injury claim. Our team of Huntington accident attorneys will go the extra mile for you and your family to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and your mental anguish.

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