Summer is full of barbecues, vacations, and lazy days by the water. Unfortunately, it also tends to result in an increase of severe traffic accidents. Why does this phenomenon occur, and what should road users do to protect themselves from the negligent behavior of others? The following explains, and provides you with some details on where to find assistance, should an accident happen to you or someone you love.
Why Accident Rates Are Higher in Summer
Many factors cause crash rates to increase during the summer months. More people are traveling, going on vacation, traveling to see their families, and heading out to local parks. There are also more teen drivers on the road – many of which are still learning to drive and some that may be intoxicated. Bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians are also more prominent during the summer months. All these extra road users are then added to the regular, everyday negligent road users, like drunk drivers, speeding drivers, and distracted drivers.
Protecting Your Family in the Summer Months
Protecting your family from traffic accidents this summer means taking every preventative measure possible. Stay focused while on the road and resist the distracted driving urges. Ensure your teen drivers understand the importance of distraction-free driving. Enforce seat belt rules and use curfews for teens to keep them off the road late at night. If possible, avoid driving when the roads are busiest (early in the morning, late afternoon, and early evening) and when drunk driving is most common (late at night). Lastly, ensure you know what your rights are, should an accident happen to you or someone you love.
Pursuing Compensation After an Accident
Traffic accidents that result in the death or injury of a loved one are often compensable. Unfortunately, determining fault and obtaining that compensation can be a difficult process for grieving or injured individuals. To complicate matters even further, insurance companies typically do all they can to reduce or eliminate a payout. As such, it is encouraged that victims and their families seek experienced legal assistance with their claims.
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we aggressively protect the rights and best interests of victims, and we can assist you with your traffic accident claim. Whatever your situation, we will strive for the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule a free consultation with our Appleton auto accident lawyers to learn more. Call 920-739-7366 today.