Sweet summertime. There’s no question people look forward to warmer weather, outdoor fun, road trips, and more this time of year. Unfortunately, some don’t realize that more activity leads to more people on the road, especially in the Daytona Beach area.
Because of this, car accidents and personal injuries tend to increase this type of year. In fact, the period that starts on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day is commonly referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days.” This is because it is at this time that there is a spike in accidents, injuries, and fatalities in Florida.
The likelihood of being in a car accident this time of year goes up significantly. Because of this, if you are involved in an accident, it is important to hire a Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer to help with your case and protect your rights. Learn more about this time of year and the reasons for this higher level of risk here.
The Increased Risk for Teen Drivers
During the “100 Deadliest Days,” everyone is at an increased risk of being in an accident. However, this is an especially dangerous time for teens. Between the years of 2008 and 2018, more than 8,300 people died in accidents that involved teen drivers. This means over seven people per day died because of these accidents every summer.
Other statistics prove why this time of the year is so much more dangerous for teen drivers, too. For example, for each mile, a teen that is 16 or 17 years old, the risk of being involved in a deadly accident increases three times. Also, teens are known for engaging in risky behaviors while behind the wheel, such as driving while tired, aggressive driving, texting, and speeding.
Even though it is dangerous to be on the roads this time of year, there are some tips that parents can take to help keep their teens safe while driving. One of the best things parents can do is to set a good example when behind the wheel. This means engaging in safe driving habits. This includes staying off the phone, not speeding, and signaling.
It is also important to reiterate to your teens how important it is to be careful and safe while behind the wheel. Just letting teens know the dangers on the road can help prevent a serious and potentially deadly accident from occurring.
Other Potential Risks on the Road During the Summer Months
Along with an influx of teens on the roads during the summer months, there are other risks to know about, too.
An Influx of Tourists
Daytona Beach is a popular destination for visitors during the summer months. The area is flooded with tourists during the “100 Deadliest Days.” Many of these people are not familiar with the local roads. Because of this, they may focus on what the GPS is saying and trying to find where to go. This means their minds are not on the road and engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, which may ultimately lead to a serious accident.
Increased Impaired Drivers on the Road
Everyone is celebrating something during the summer. Because of this, it only makes sense there would be an increase in drunk and drugged driving. This is especially the case during certain holidays that fall within these 100 days (i.e., Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day).
If you will be out celebrating anything this summer, you need to make sure you have planned ahead and have a sober ride arranged. The good news is, thanks to services like Uber and Lyft, this is easier than it has been in prior years. There are more than a few alternatives to consider besides driving while impaired.
Cases of Driver Fatigue
It’s estimated that more than 100K reported accidents occur each year because of driver fatigue. While these statistics, it’s clear this is a serious problem. Florida is not immune to these issues, especially during the summer months when more people on the road may be driving further and longer than usual.
Hire a Daytona Beach Personal Injury Lawyer if You Are Involved in an Accident
If you are involved in an accident during the 100 Deadly Days or any other time of the year, you should hire a Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer to help with your case and situation. When you do this, you can feel confident that your rights will be protected, and if you are due compensation, you will be able to recover it successfully. Attorneys are your ally in these cases and will minimize the potentially negative effects that go with being unable to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you have questions or want more information about filing a personal injury lawsuit, reach out to the legal team at Zimmet & Zimmet Lawyers by calling 386- 210-3702.