Everyone looks forward to summer. It is a time for family vacations, weekend getaways, and the kids are out of school. People look forward to summer all year long in Texas, but these months also require more people to travel the roads. It is for this reason that AAA has dubbed the time between Memorial Day and school starting as the 100 deadliest days of summer.
So, what does this mean exactly, and how can you prepare for it so you and your family stay safe?
What Are the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer?
Although anyone on the roads is at risk during the time between Memorial Day and school starting, these days are particularly dangerous for teen drivers. During the summer, teenagers are not in school, and for them, it is a time to enjoy spending with their friends.
According to AAA, over 8,300 people were killed in accidents involving teenage drivers during the 100 deadliest days of summer from 2008 to 2018. The biggest reason teenagers are more likely to become involved in a crash is that they often drive with friends in the car and become distracted. Even one teenage passenger can increase the risk of an accident exponentially due to the risk of distraction.
Tips to Drive Safely During the Summer
It is crucial for everyone to keep in mind safe driving practices, particularly during this time. The most important summer driving safety tips include:
- Have your car fully inspected to ensure that improper maintenance will not cause a crash.
- Keep an emergency kit in your trunk at all times so that if there is a crash, you are prepared and have the tools you need, including a cellphone and charger.
- Remain alert at all times and keep your focus on the road, particularly during a long road trip.
- Keep a proper amount of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you have enough room to slow down and come to a full stop.
- Always refrain from dangerous driving behaviors, such as distracted driving and impaired driving.
- Never drive your vehicle faster than the posted speed limit or too fast for current road and weather conditions.
In addition to following these summer driving safety tips, it is just as important that parents speak with their teenagers about safe driving so everyone can do their part.
Hurt in a Crash? You Need a Powerful Advocate on Your Side
Car accidents happen every day in San Antonio, but there is no doubt that they are more frequent during the summer months. If you or your loved one has been injured in a crash, our experienced Texas car accident lawyers at Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund are here to help. We know how to determine who was at fault for the crash and will fight to hold them accountable for paying the full amount of compensation you deserve.
If you need legal advice after a car crash, call us or contact us online to book your free consultation today.
Douglas D. Ketterman is the originator and founder of Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund where he currently serves as President and Managing Shareholder. Douglas has extensive experience in handling all types of civil litigation. He graduated with honors from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1989 and has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1998 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.