Summer brings many exciting things from longer days to more time with friends and family outdoors. However, many people don’t realize it also brings a higher level of risk when driving. Summer is about carefree, happy living and, unfortunately, this can give some the impression that drinking and driving is okay. If you are heading out for a night on the town, you’ll need to realize that there is significant danger to you during the summer months.
Why is it More Risky to Drive in the Summer?
Icy roads in the winter and blowing in the spring and fall may seem like bigger risks to you while driving. However, summer months often bring some of the most worrisome and high-end risks for today’s driver because of drunk driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the summer holidays are the most risky of all times. This includes Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. During this time of the year, more people are out late with friends and alcohol is nearly always a factor. Did you know that:
- 44 percent of teens spend more hours behind the wheel during the summer months than they do during the school year? (SADD.org) More so, there is a higher risk of drinking and driving among teens than adults.
- In 2012, more than 29 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol (MADD.org).
- Most people drive drunk on average 8 times before being arrested!
These statistics are just some of the factors that you, as a driver need to be aware of.
How You Can Be Safe
If you are driving this summer, there are steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe. First, be aware of your surroundings. Try to stay away from bars and clubs in the late evening hours. In addition to this, you’ll want to use seat belts and ensure that all people in your car are aware of the surroundings.
Have You Been a Victim?
Even in the best situations where you have taken every step you can to protect yourself, you may fall victim to drunk driving. If this happens to you, take the steps you need to get the financial protections and support you need. The fact is, drunk driving does more than damage cars. It leads to the risk of life, significant, long term injuries, chronic pain, and property loss. Those who have suffered from this type of loss can get help.
Work with our team of attorneys to learn more about your specific case and the options available to you. Keep in mind that every case is different. You deserve to be able to enjoy your family in the summer months without the risk of drunk driving.