4 Dangers of Summer Driving
Many people think of summer as a time for fun road trips or cruising along the highway with the top down. However, the summer also brings with it increased driving hazards. If you are injured in an accident that was caused by a summer-related driving hazard, book a consultation with an auto accident attorney at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. today.
1. Increased traffic due to construction
Many municipalities try to conduct major construction work on their roads during the summertime. Due to high economic activity and lowered gas prices, more people are driving than there have been in past summers. This has also led to an increase in roadway deaths and auto accidents.
Detours caused by construction can increase issues caused by traffic. Experts recommend that drivers who are thinking about navigating through zones of construction avoid that path or find an alternate route to their destination due to the heightened risks.
If you absolutely have to drive through a construction or work zone, make sure to obey all posted signs regarding speed restrictions or other safety precautions. Keep a larger following distance and avoid anything that might be a distraction while driving.
2. Unpredictable bicyclists
As the weather improves, more people start biking to work and for pleasure as well. This can pose an increased risk for drivers who are not careful of the bikers who may surround them. Making sure you understand the local rules of the road is essential to avoiding any incidents with your vehicle and bikers: Understand the guidelines surrounding when cyclists use bike lanes versus when they are sharing the road with vehicles or sharing the sidewalk with pedestrians.
If a cyclist is on the road in front of you, it is important to “share the road.” If an accident occurs and you are the one driving the vehicle, you will likely be accused of being at fault.
3. Sharing the road with motorcyclists
In the summer, the number of motorcycles on the road often increases. This means there is a higher risk of motorcycle crashes as well. The number of motorcycles on the road has also increased over time: between 2004 and 2013, there was a 45% increase in the number of registered motorcycles.
Understanding the risks that increased numbers of motorcyclists on the road pose is vital to driving safely. Make sure to maintain a safe distance from any motorcyclists around you, keeping in mind that it may be easy for a motorcyclist to hide in your blind spot or for you to misjudge their speed. Before merging or turning, look twice to make sure any motorcycles around you are at a safe distance from your vehicle.
4. Navigating around pedestrians
The extra sunlight and warmer weather mean that more pedestrians will also be on the roads, and they won’t always stay on the sidewalk or in specially marked pedestrian areas. Extra precautions are necessary to prevent any accidents involving pedestrians from occurring.
Look more than once before crossing a crosswalk to make sure no pedestrians are attempting to cross, even if you have the right of way. Especially in urban areas, watch for pedestrians at night-time: Distractions in the car can mean you don’t notice potential hazards before it’s too late. Pedestrians may be distracted while walking, so you need to be extra vigilant while driving near them.
The summer brings several risk factors to your everyday drive, so make sure you are on alert and using your vehicles responsibly to keep yourself and the people around you safe from harm. Call Cochran, Kroll & Associates P.C. at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) for a no obligation consultation if you have been injured in a road accident, whether it is as the driver of a motor vehicle, a motorcycle, a bicycle or as a pedestrian.