Although summer has come to a close, some people are still dealing with the aftermath of accidents that occurred over the summer. Anyone hurt in a California car accident over the summer may face numerous short-term and long term issues that make it hard for them to return to their normal lives. A recent study analyzed which states were most likely to have the highest number of driving fatalities over the summer. Given that summer includes popular months for road trips, it’s important to keep in mind how increased traffic could also heighten the risks around Thanksgiving and the end of year holidays.
The three states with the biggest increases in summertime, fatal accidents are Minnesota, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. And only six states around the country have seen a decrease in fatal summertime accidents. One of the leading contributors to summertime fatal car crashes is speeding, accounting for an increase of 24% across the nation in recent years.
Many factors contribute to a higher risk of fatal accidents in the summer months, including more drunk driving incidents, a higher number of teen drivers out of school and behind the wheel, and an overall increase in traffic.
As you think about making any road trips over the holidays, keep in mind that increased traffic and people rushing to get to their destinations could put you at risk of injuries from major car accidents.
If you were injured in an accident this summer and are still coping with the consequences such as severe injuries and medical bills, now is the time to communicate with a knowledgeable San Francisco personal injury lawyer. A lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation you need to pay for your medical treatments.