Watch Out For Summertime Vehicle Fatalities
The summer is an amazing time of year to worry less and travel more. However, as more people take to highways and visit areas they’re unfamiliar with, the number of summertime car accidents and vehicle fatalities increases. In fact, there are said to be more fatalities due to car accidents between June and August than there are any other time of year.
Why Are there More Fatal Accidents During the Summer Months?
Experts believe a number of factors combine to make these three months the deadliest quarter of the year. One of those factors is the fact that more drivers are on the road and they are driving longer distances than normal. The risk of accidents does increase proportionately to travel generally. Additionally, when people are traveling to new areas or driving in places they are not familiar with, it increases the risk of accidents, as they are more likely to be distracted while they are driving, are unfamiliar with roads, and can risk missing signals and traffic signs.
With school out during the summer in most areas, there are also more teenage drivers on the road. Inexperienced and summer fun can be a dangerous combination for teens, many of whom have less supervision when driving during the summer. In fact, the highest number of teenage driving fatalities occurs in June each year.
Avoiding Summertime Accidents
Statistics reflect that the vast majority of fatal car accidents that occur during the summer, happen at night. Drunk driving accidents are also more likely to occur at night. For this reason, limiting the amount and distance that you drive at nighttime during the summer can be one way of mitigating the risk of being in a fatal accident. It’s also important to make sure that your vehicle is in good working order, leave adequate space between you and other vehicles, and avoid cars that are driving strangely or erratically.
How a Lawyer Can Help
If you are suffering injuries, medical bills, and other consequences, as the result of an accident that was not your fault, a South Carolina personal injury lawyer can help you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. This includes all medical costs related to the treatment and rehabilitation of your injury, as well as compensation for any time during which you were unable to work. If you will be able to return to work or to the same job as a result of your injuries, you can pursue compensation for lost wages or lost earning potential. Compensation is also available for pain and suffering that you suffered as a result of the accident. In some cases, punitive damages may also be appropriate. A successful personal injury lawsuit aims to restore you to the same position you would have been in, had the accident never occurred.
Schedule a Consultation with a South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered an injury as the result of a car accident that was not your fault, the Charleston car accident lawyer at Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm can help you navigate the insurance process and ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Call Gus Anastopoulo today to schedule a personalized consultation.