Summer vacation season is upon us. While this has been a difficult year for everyone due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s expected that many people will hitting the roads for vacation as more states reopen. For that reason, the personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices want to post some reminders about driving safety hazards that often pop up in the summer months.
More Bicyclists and Motorcycles
The warm weather encourages many people to abandon their cars and take to the roads on bicycles and motorcycles. It’s important to remember that bikes and motorcycles are less visible on the roads. Drivers need to be especially careful when checking their blind spots. Similarly, bicyclists need to remember to stay in bike lanes when available and motorcyclists must be sure to drive predictably. The law states that cyclists and bikers have the same rights as drivers on the road. If someone acts negligently and causes a crash that injures someone else, he or she can be held accountable through a personal injury claim.
South Carolina and North Carolina roads have been quieter during the pandemic, but expect for traffic to build again as families embark on road trips. Beware of speeding and erratic drivers. Remember to keep your own driving in check by obeying posted speed limits, putting away the cell phone, and staying aware of your surroundings.
Pavement gets hot in summer. The heat causes the air in tires to expand, and the friction of the moving tire on the roadway only increases the temperature more. Make sure to check your tires for wear and tear before hitting the road. Balding tires are more prone to blowouts, which endangers everyone.
More Construction Zones
Construction picks up in summer to repair roads damaged by poor winter weather. That means you’ll see more work zones in your area, along with the equipment that goes along with them. Construction workers will be on the road’s edge, sometimes crouched in holes that will make them difficult to see. You may need to navigate around narrowed roads, concrete barriers, cones, and heavy machinery at the same time, so it’s important to slow down and stay watchful.
Intoxicated drivers are around at any time of the year, but summer sees holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day where people are more inclined to drink heavily. Backyard barbecues and the beach are also places where people tend to drink more frequently. If you’re planning on drinking, make sure to have a designated driver or rideshare lined up so that you can get home safely and protect others.
With school out for summer, it’s likely that teenagers will be on the roads more frequently. Teens are more likely to be injured and killed in car accidents compared to any other age group. That’s mostly due to their inexperience behind the wheel, but studies also show that their newfound independence gives teens a sense of invincibility that makes them more likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Hurt in a Summertime Car Wreck? Talk to an Auto Accident Lawyer Now
If you’ve been in a crash in the Carolinas, it’s wise to speak with an experienced car accident attorney to learn your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation to help cover the costs of medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.