Why Do More Car Accidents Happen In The Summer?

two men pointing at car accident scene in sun

Did you know that car accidents happen most frequently in the summer months? In fact, the 100 deadliest days occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.

What factors affect this rise in car accidents?

Summer Break

High school and college students are off during the summer months with endless time for fun. This brings more young, inexperienced drivers out on the roads.

Also, research has found that during the summer, specifically July, teenagers are more likely to try alcohol for the first time. If a teenager is engaging in underage drinking, they may be too nervous to ask their parents for a safe ride home. This can lead to more teenagers making the decision to drive under the influence.

Beautiful Weather

We are lucky to get a lot of nice weather days here in California, but in other states, the nice weather can have a big impact on the way people drive.

Snow, rain, wind, and fog all decrease visibility and/or slow people down. However, while it’s sunny and warm in the summer, it makes drivers more confident behind the wheel. While that isn’t inherently bad, it may lead drivers to make risky decisions they otherwise wouldn’t, like speeding.

Increased Alcohol Intake

Summer months consistently rank as the time of the year when people drink the most alcohol. This could be due to:

  • Holiday weekends, like the 4th of July or Labor Day
  • More social events taking place
  • More downtime
  • Being warm and wanting to drink to stay cool

Unfortunately, this increased drinking behavior also leads to more people choosing to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

About 39% of fatal auto accidents involve alcohol.

Car Trouble

Excessive heat can actually cause damage to your car.
Heat exposure can affect:

  • Your engine
  • Your tires
  • Your battery

Stay Safe This Summer!

While you’re out and about this summer, make sure you’re staying safe on the roads.

If you are injured in an auto accident this summer, contact Schweitzer & Davidian to learn more about your options for pursuing compensation.