According to nationwide studies, fatal car accidents are approximately 20 percent more common in the summer months than they are at any other time of the year. Clearly, being on the road once the weather turns warmer is more dangerous than driving in the cooler months. So, why arewrongful deaths due to fatal car accidents so much more common in the summer? Below, our Vermont car accident lawyer explains further.
More Traffic Congestion
People travel more during the summer to visit friends and family, or just to see different parts of the state or country. They also have more time to see the great attractions offered right here in Rutland.
More vehicles on the road translate into more accidents. The volume of traffic peaks in July and August, while the months with the lowest traffic levels are January and February. However, all of that being said, even when adjusted for the fact that more vehicles are on the road, more fatal accidents occur in the summer months than any other time of year.
Increased Construction Activity
Vermont sees some fairly tough winters. Those winters are harsh on the infrastructure, including the roads. Snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures can create potholes, cracks in the roads, and other dangerous conditions. The summer months are the only time to repair the roads before the cold winter months hit again. As a result, construction activity is at its peak all throughout Vermont during the summer months.
Construction by its very nature can create possible safety hazards and change traffic patterns, which can confuse drivers. It is for this reason that construction zones have lower speed limits, and why drivers should use extra caution. Even when they do, an accident can still easily occur.
Increased Rates of Impaired Driving
The arrival of summer can also mean the arrival of more dangerous driving behaviors. In particular, impaired driving rates seem to skyrocket once the weather turns warmer. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the total number of accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases on Memorial Day, July the Fourth weekend, and Labor Day weekend.
Drivers may be more likely to drive while impaired during the summer because they are out with friends more often, they are out later at night when alcohol is more likely to be consumed, and they generally feel more relaxed. The heat of summer in Vermont can also cause people to react differently to substances, and become more intoxicated by them after consuming them. less. Whatever the reason, impaired driving is very dangerous behavior and causes many fatal car accidents.
Our Car Accident Lawyers in Vermont Can Help Your Family After a Fatal Car Accident
At Larson & Gallivan Law, our Vermont car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping car accident victims, and their families, claim the full compensation they deserve for their losses. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash, call us now at 802-327-8458 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys and to learn more about your legal options.