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5 Summer Risk Factors for Car Accidents

 Posted on August 15, 2023 in Personal Injury

Cook County Car Accident AttorneySummer can be a dangerous season for everyone on the roads. While each season brings its own unique dangers and difficulties, statistically, summer is the worst season for car accidents. There are a number of factors that contribute to the rise of auto accidents during the warmest months. To begin with, people are simply more inclined to go out when the weather is nice. More traffic usually leads to more accidents. Summer is also the season when more people tend to have free time. Young people in particular - a generally high-risk group of drivers - tend to be off from school and may be spending more time going out and having fun. If you are involved in a car accident this summer, there are important steps you should take. First, you should seek urgent medical attention and report the accident to the police as is required by law. You should also contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident so that they can begin identifying and preserving important evidence. 

Why More Auto Accidents Happen in the Summer 

A number of factors contribute to the increased risk of auto accidents in the summer, such as: 

  • Young drivers have free time - Teenagers and college students are typically on break from school in the summer. This means they may be going out more and driving around, especially late at night when people are more likely to be drinking. 

  • Summer storms - Heavy rains can impair a driver’s vision and make it more difficult to stop quickly. 

  • Long distance driving - Families, retirees, and young people alike are more likely to take road trips during the warmer months. Drivers on long road trips may become fatigued or distracted. 

  • Drinking - When it is nice out, more people are attending outdoor gatherings like concerts, festivals, and waterfront parties. This likely means that there are more people drinking and driving. 

  • Car maintenance issues - The heat can cause mechanical or structural problems in a car. Tire pressure may be affected and lead to an uptick in accidents related to vehicle performance issues. 

Each of these factors plays a role in making summer the most dangerous season for car accidents. If you are injured, it is important to take steps to begin preserving your claim as soon as you safely can. 

Contact a Cook County Car Accident Lawyer 

Kaiser Hafezi Law is committed to helping people who have been injured in car accidents recover the compensation they deserve. Our Cook County car accident attorneys will strive to win you the highest possible award or settlement. For a complimentary consultation, contact us at 630-233-9946




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