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Summer months bring increased risk of car accidents

While driving provides a plethora of freedom, independence and convenience for motorists in New York, it brings with it substantial risk. These risks are significantly heightened by factors like fatigue, impairment, distraction or poor vehicle maintenance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents account for 2 million injuries and 32,000 fatalities each year in the United States.

Motorists may also face increased risks of being involved in a car crash depending on the time of year. One report suggests that summertime is one of these periods of heightened risk due to several factors including a number of popular holidays during the warmer months. Because summer nights last longer and holiday gatherings are prevalent, drivers may be more likely to partake of alcohol. In many places, highly celebrated holidays like the 4th of July are practically synonymous with partying and drinking. In fact, the stretch of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered one of the most dangerous periods on the road.

The consumption of prescription drugs is also a contributor to motor vehicle deaths. In fact, in the last decade, drug-related car accidents have nearly doubled. Additionally, because school is no longer in session, the summer months see a substantial increase in the number of teenage drivers on the road, which can also contribute to more car accidents.

Car crashes are never convenient and often require time, money and stamina to work through. Motorists who are involved in a motor vehicle accident may want to contact a qualified attorney where they can have access to knowledgeable and experienced legal help.

Source: New York Post, “You’re More Likely to Die in the Summer,” Leslie Albrecht, June 2, 2017

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