Summer Months Increase Risk for Florida Traffic Accidents

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There are always inherent risks in traveling on America’s roads, but according to the National Safety Council, June, July, August, and September produce higher traffic fatalities than other months.[1] That national data is confirmed on a state-by-state basis. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, a spike in distracted driving, more vehicles on the road, […]

There are always inherent risks in traveling on America’s roads, but according to the National Safety Council, June, July, August, and September produce higher traffic fatalities than other months.[1]

 

That national data is confirmed on a state-by-state basis. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, a spike in distracted driving, more vehicles on the road, and more teen drivers during summer combine to create higher risk factors.[2]

 

Florida public safety officials are sounding the alarm about traffic hazards during summer, particularly as pertains to teen drivers. Quoting one public service announcement, “The ‘100 Deadliest Days’ is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. Nationwide over 7,000 people died in teen-related crashes from 2010–2019 during this summer period.”[3]

 

Additional risk factors during summer mean everyone who drives a vehicle in Florida needs to take extra precautions to ensure they and their passengers arrive at their destination safely.

Safety Tips for Driving in Florida During Summer

Much of a safe driving strategy during summer involves doubling down on safety techniques one likely already does during other seasons. For example:

 

  • Summer involves more storms and inclement weather, so drivers should frequently check their vehicle’s maintenance schedule to ensure they are not caught broken down on the side of the road during a tropical storm. Drivers should also ensure their vehicles are stocked with emergency supplies like a car jack, flashlight, hazard signals, food, water, and a weather radio.

 

  • Distracted driving tends to peak during summer, whether it’s families on vacation or teens heading to the beach. Drivers should watch out for distracted motorists and take extra precautions when other drivers are swerving, braking suddenly, accelerating spontaneously, or showing other signs of distracted driving.

 

  • Summer weekends and holidays are associated with more drinking and driving than other days. July 4th is particularly deadly, and weekends between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. reflect high numbers of accidents. These are periods to be especially aware of traffic hazards and potentially intoxicated, distracted drivers.

 

In addition to doubling down on existing safety techniques, the summer months in Florida create unique conditions that require new safety habits. For example:

 

  • The intense Florida summer sun makes polarized sunglasses a must. Driving is already hard on the eyes, producing fatigue and reducing one’s ability to see and respond to traffic risks quickly. Summer drivers must ensure their eyes are protected with a good pair of sunglasses designed to reduce glare from the road and other cars.

 

  • Extra traffic on the roads means drivers should increase their following distance. Adding an extra car length or two between you and the car in front of you can offset the increased dangers brought on by heavier summer traffic, construction zones, lane closures, reduced visibility due to sun glare or storms, and out-of-state drivers.

 

  • Summer heat means an additional risk for heat exhaustion, fatigue, dehydration, sunburn, and other harmful health risks. Even in an air-conditioned car with tinted windows, driving in the Florida summer heat can exacerbate fatigue and heat exhaustion risk. To stay safe driving during summer, drivers should take frequent breaks, pay attention to their vehicle’s warning signs, drink plenty of water, and apply sunscreen.
In the Event of an Accident, Seek Representation

Even the best efforts in prevention and preparedness don’t always stop accidents from occurring. If you or someone you know is involved in a traffic accident this summer, contact a Florida personal injury attorney to represent you. Call Magazine Law Group today at (727) 499-9900.

Sources:

[1] NSC. “Crashes by Month.” National Safety Council, 2020. injuryfacts.nsc.org

[2] FDOT. “Florida Transportation Trends and Conditions.” Florida Department of Transportation, 2015. fdot.gov

[3] FDOT. “The 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers.” Florida Department of Transportation, 2022. fdot.gov