Florida Summertime Driving Risks
While it’s true that car accidents can happen just about anywhere and at any time, there are certain times that are more dangerous for motorists to be on the road than others. The summertime months, for instance, are some of the most dangerous for road users. This is largely because certain highway hazards are heightened during this time, namely between late May and early September. In fact, this period of time is often referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days” for motorists.
There are a few different factors that make summer driving so dangerous, one of which is the presence of more drivers on the road. The more congested the roads become, the more complicated driving can become, and the greater a driver’s chances of being involved in a collision. Many of the drivers on Florida’s roads during these months are visitors on vacation and may be completely unfamiliar with the area. This can trigger unpredictable driving behaviors, like slamming on the brakes, making sudden turns, and veering into other lanes. Teenagers who are out of school for summer vacation also make up a significant portion of these drivers. Having more inexperienced drivers on the road increases the risk of accidents.
Besides summer road congestion, Florida drivers also have to contend with an increased risk of tire blowouts during the summer months. These events tend to occur more often during the summer than any other time of year, largely because the hot weather causes the air inside the tires to expand, leading to more wear and tear. Eventually, if left unaddressed, this wear and tear can cause a tire to blow out while driving. This in turn can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, increasing their chances of causing a crash.
The summer months are also a popular time for roadway construction. This can result in lane closures, lower speed limits, and the use of cones and other road barriers to restrict vehicle movement. Drivers who don’t pay attention to these changes could end up causing a crash, either with a piece of construction equipment or barrier, with another vehicle, or in the worst cases, with construction workers themselves.
More Bicycles and Motorcycles on the Road
Passenger cars aren’t the only type of vehicle on the road during the summer. This is especially true in Florida, where the balmy weather attracts cyclists and motorcycle riders from across the country. Unfortunately, these road users are much more vulnerable than drivers, as they are less visible and more at risk of injury in the event of a collision.
Afternoon thunderstorms are also common during the summer months. While they provide much needed moisture, they also make for very dangerous road conditions. Besides making the roads slick, the torrential rain can also reduce visibility, making it essentially impossible to see other road users.
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If you are involved in a car accident this summer, please call the experienced Florida auto accident lawyers at Boone & Davis to go over your recovery options. You can schedule a free case review by calling 954-566-9919 today.