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Summer Driving Risks: Tips to Stay Safe on the Road

By: Allan M. Siegel

Summer is fast approaching, and for many residents throughout the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, that means time off school, planned vacations, and more reason to get out and about. Whether you have plans to get on the road for a vacation, lengthy road trip, or simply for your daily commute around town, it is important to remember that the coming months bring real risks when it comes to roadway safety, as well as notable increases in car accidents.

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our legal team has worked with many victims throughout the years who were injured in auto accidents during the spring and summer months, and has seen some of the increased risks common during this time of year. Below, we discuss some of these summer driving risks and how you can stay safe on the road.

  • Bicyclists and pedestrians – With warmer weather comes more foot traffic. Whenever you hit the road, be sure to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, especially when approaching intersections, making turns, and backing out. Pedestrians and bicyclists can do their part by obeying rules of the road, avoiding blind spots, and making themselves as visible as possible.
  • Distractions – Summer months may mean more activities, planned trips, and get-togethers that require families and friends to share rides, all of which can pose potential distractions for drivers. Remember that driving and operating a vehicle safely should always be your primary task. Reduce risks of distractions by planning thoroughly before any trip, mapping out directions, and limiting distractions posed by passengers. If you need to make plans via phone, do so before driving or pull over in order to text or place a call.
  • Young drivers – Summer vacation means that teen and younger drivers are off from school and have more freedom to hit the road and venture out. Unfortunately, new drivers present a number of risks on the roads, and these risks can be increased substantially when vacationing teens and young adults are distracted behind the wheel by friends or their cell phones. Always provide safe distances between you and other vehicles and be prepared to react in the event that an inexperienced driver makes a sudden move or mistake. If you are the parent of a new driver, make sure they understand their responsibilities when driving.
  • Tire safety – Hotter weather and higher temperatures can cause tires to become inflated. When tires are over-inflated, they pose risks of blowouts, which can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and crash, especially at higher speeds. Always check your tires and other critical safety features before summer, periodically, and before any long trip.
  • Tourists – DC is a major metro area and a popular attraction for tourists. This means that roadways in the summer may see an influx of tourists who are not familiar with the local landscape. If you know the area well, you might want to avoid locations where there may be increased tourist traffic. You can also protect yourself in the event of a sudden stop or maneuver by increasing your following distance and always surveying your surroundings.

Even when all the proper steps have been taken to make safety a priority, wrecks can still happen, especially when negligence is involved. Thankfully, our civil justice system provides victims who have been harmed by negligence with the opportunity to pursue legal action against the at-fault party and hold them liable for the damages they incurred. These damages can include economic losses such as medical bills and lost income, and noneconomic damages intended to compensate you for your pain and suffering.

If you or someone you love has been harmed in a preventable car accident anywhere in the DC metro area, our award-winning personal injury lawyers are available to discuss your case and rights during a free case evaluation. Contact us to speak with a member of our team.