Is Summer Driving in San Diego Dangerous?

  • Jul 17 2014
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

summer_san_diego_drivingDriving always comes with a certain amount of risks. However, during the summer months these risks seem to be higher, according to a recent report based on driving statistics. There are a number of factors that contribute to increased accidents in the summer, some of which drivers can control and others that are simply part of the overall risk of being on the road.

Summer Risk Factors That Can Lead To Accidents

During the summer months, there are more teen drivers on the road. With school on summer break, these teens will be out and about, driving on the roads more frequently. Because teens have much less experience with driving and can be easily distracted by texting and talking on a cell phone with their friends, their driving may be more reckless and dangerous.

With the warmth of the summer months, there is also an increase in outdoor activities and participants, such as pedestrians and cyclists, will be on the road. Drivers should be more aware of pedestrians and cyclists, maintaining a safe distance and speed. Pedestrians and cyclists should also heighten their awareness of drivers, sticking with crosswalks, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes to do their walking or riding.

Summer also brings many tourists and vacationers. These drivers are often unfamiliar with streets, causing them to drive slower and change lanes more frequently. This will potentially lead to more accidents. Thus, it is important for other, more familiar drivers to be more aware.

While summer brings great weather for outdoor activities, it also brings heat. Sometimes this heat can rise to a level that affects rubber surfaces, like tires, windshield wipers, and other car parts. Radiators, vehicle coolants, and oil can also be affected by the heat, causing your car to overheat which can lead to an accident. Be cautious of an increase in the use of road shoulders by vehicles and be sure to maintain your car, especially with the heat of the summer months.

There are several factors that can lead to accidents during summer time. Thus, it is important for you to pay attention and maintain your vehicle. However, not all drivers are this responsible. If you find yourself or a family member injured by the negligence of another driver, be sure to fully understand your legal rights.

Each accident case is unique and requires a unique approach. If you are the victim of a negligent driver, utilize the services of San Diego’s personal injury attorneys at Gilleon Law Firm, APC. With attorneys handling cases in several areas, including motor vehicle accidents, the experienced lawyers at Gilleon Law Firm, APC will provide uncompromising representation for their clients, fighting for their just rights and compensation. Contact the experts at Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego today for an initial consultation.

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