Summer is well underway and Pennsylvania residents are celebrating, especially those who are on break from school. While the summer months can be a time of relaxation and fun under the hot sun, you and others should understand that the months of June through August are also considered to be the most dangerous months of the year for drivers and their passengers.
According to We Save Lives, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, for good reason. These two key holidays, plus Independence Day, can increase the incidents of drunk and distracted driving on the roads. There are also more drivers, whether they are embarking on road trips or driving down to local beaches and parks for summer-related activities. You may find it interesting to learn that approximately 26% more teenagers are killed in motor vehicle accidents during the summer than other times of the year, but the top cause may surprise you. Instead of drunk driving and texting while driving – which are also serious and common accident causes – other passengers in the car are the main factor involving accidents among teenagers.
You and may increase your own safety by being aware of the risks and taking measures to drive safely, such as not picking up your phone while you are driving, getting behind the wheel intoxicated or riding with a drunk driver. However, you cannot predict or prevent other drivers’ actions, which may entitle you to compensation if you are injured. The information in this blog is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.