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Top Driving Dangers to Avoid This Summer

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 8, 2015

Seattle Auto AccidentIt is a common misconception that the rain in springtime and the snow in winter create the most dangerous driving conditions. In fact, the most dangerous months of the year for driving are in the summer. Furthermore, the days surrounding July 4 and the early weekends of August are historically the deadliest days of the year for drivers and passengers nationwide.

There are many reasons why the summer is so dangerous for motorists in Washington, including:

  • Impaired motorists: People celebrating the summer holidays typically enjoy alcohol before hitting the roadway. If you see a vehicle that is weaving through traffic or drifting from a lane, keep your distance and have a passenger call the authorities.
  • Tire problems: Hot conditions are tough on worn and defective tires. You are much more likely to experience tire failure on a hot day.
  • Fatigued driving: Many motorists on the roadway in the summer are travelling great distances. Drivers who have been behind the wheel for hours at a time are more likely to doze off or at least experience the early stages of fatigue.
  • Inexperienced drivers: Since so many drivers are on the roadway as part of their vacation, there are many summertime drivers who are unfamiliar with their surroundings. Many fail to plan ahead or to research which roadways are under construction or which are congested or dangerous.
  • Distracted driving: Many drivers on the roadway tend to be distracted. If not on their cell phones, they are trying to figure out their routes on navigation systems or are distracted by passengers.
  • Speed: More speed violations tend to occur when drivers are attempting to cover greater distances.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash this summer, the experienced Seattle car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, PS can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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