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Summer is the deadliest season for drivers

On Behalf of | May 17, 2023 | Car Accidents

The period between the final week of May and the first few days of September is considered the deadliest for motorists. This is partially because there are more cars on Arizona highways and because there are an abundance of teenage drivers. Statistically, drivers under 21 are more likely to cause accidents or make unsafe decisions while operating motor vehicles.

Night driving can be especially dangerous

Teen drivers are more likely to cause accidents while driving at night. This is largely because they lack the experience necessary to adjust to poor visibility or other challenges related to driving after the sun goes down. Teens are also more likely to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Therefore, if they are driving home from a friend’s house late at night, they may be doing so while impaired, which can increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

Watch out for distracted drivers

While teen drivers are especially vulnerable to distractions while driving, motorists of any age may split their focus while traveling. Therefore, if you see someone on their cellphone, it may be a good idea to change lanes or take other steps to put distance between your car and the one operated by a cellphone user. The same may be true if you see other signs of distracted driving, such as the inability to maintain a lane or erratic braking or acceleration.

Construction can make travel difficult

It may be necessary to slow down or account for changes to traffic patterns when entering a construction zone. Typically, construction work is done during the late spring and summer, which makes it another hazard that contributes to this time of year being the most treacherous for motorists.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you must remain at the scene and render aid. After police arrive, you may make a statement or take other steps to ensure that other parties are held responsible for medical bills, auto repair bills or other expenses you might incur.