Roadway safety can seem brutal, especially in northern climates where snow and ice can make streets and highways treacherous during winter. But, the summer poses its own set of dangers which put drivers at higher risk for accident, injury and even death. Recent news stories, like the one from WDAY a local Fargo TV news station, informed North Dakotans that there had already been 41 deaths in the state this year. Half of those dead were not wearing their seat belts.
One of the major reasons why people still die in car crashes every single day is because they fail to put on their seat belts. It takes two seconds and could literally be the difference between walking away from an accident or not. But, why do so many people still ignore the most simple safety precaution about driving there is? The main reason is convenience. It may seem silly, but people who feel they can shave one or two seconds off their time in running a short errand will cut corners on safety to do it. The majority of motor vehicle accidents happen close to home – – usually within 30 miles – – so the majority of time when people do take safety shortcuts, they are also at the highest risk for accidents.
Then, there is confidence. After a long winter of careful driving because of snow and ice conditions, poor visibility, and backed up traffic it may feel like driving is a breeze in the summer time. But, often the overconfidence of drivers may lead to faster driving, less precaution on the part of drivers, and more risk taking. Just because it’s sunny outside and the roadways are clear does not mean that accidents cannot occur. This is especially true when considering that the summertime is also construction season. Construction all over the region has also contributed to increased accidents because of congested streets, backed up traffic, distracted driving, and changes in signage; for example a one way road could have its lanes reduced in width and also have its direction changed into a two-way traffic road. Not to mention the fact that in the summer people tend to take more trips on the road and all of the increased traffic makes for more potential accidents. All of these additional factors make summer driving just as dangerous, if not possibly more so than winter driving.
The best advice, of course, is to be cautions, follow the traffic laws, buckle up and stay alert. However, thousands of traffic accidents and collisions seriously injure or kill people every year. At the Baker law firm we understand the complicated nature of accidents and we know the impact that a serious injury or death can have on a family. If you have questions about your legal options following an accident or injury caused by a motor vehicle don’t hesitate to call.