Winter in Ohio has its own hazards, including snow, sleet and black ice. Like many in this area, you may be relieved to feel the warmer weather, especially if you drive for any purpose. Those memories of trying to get home from work on icy roads in the blinding snow are fading away as summer approaches. However, maybe summer is not really a safer time to drive.
You know that any time you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of an accident that can leave you with lifelong injuries. In fact, there may be certain times of day when you try to avoid driving or certain Ohio roads that never seem safe to travel. Unfortunately, the summer months bring a unique set of dangers, and it is important to be prepared for them.
Watch out for these summer dangers
It may seem logical to think that winter is the most dangerous time to drive, and this may be true especially around the holidays. However, there are a number of factors that increase the risk of getting behind the wheel when the weather is warmer, including the following:
- Teens and other unskilled drivers have more time and freedom to be on the road.
- Older, timid drivers may only go out when the weather is nice, which may create frustration and road rage among other drivers.
- Construction teams are working to repair the road damage caused by the harsh winter, causing unexpected changes in travel patterns.
- People traveling for vacations and other summer events means the roads are often more congested than in winter.
- Summer travelers who are unfamiliar with local roads may make unexpected stops or wrong turns.
- You may encounter more animals in the road, such as deer, especially at sundown when it is difficult to see.
- Summer often means an increase in drivers who have been drinking alcohol.
- Traffic moves faster in the summer because drivers are not worried about slick roads.
In fact, speed is a deadly element in many traffic accidents. The faster a vehicle is traveling when it collides with your car, the more likely you are to suffer devastating, even fatal, injuries. Also, in addition to the hazards specific to summer, you still face the perennial danger of distracted drivers, who may face more distractions with the windows down.
If any of these factors contribute to an accident that results in your injuries, you have the right to hold the negligent driver accountable for your suffering and loss.