While summer may be the most well-liked season in the Midwest, it is also the most popular in traffic fatalities. Driving in the summer is especially dangerous in July and August. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nationwide average of 116 deaths a day occur during these months. Weekends are deadlier than weekdays, with the highest number of deaths occurring in the late afternoon and early evening between 3-7 p.m. Traffic deaths in Michigan have increased by 10% for the second year in a row, along with an escalation in car crashes, serious injuries, as well as motorcycle and bicycle fatalities.Do You Have a Case?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94% of car crashes are caused by preventable human factors which include speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as distracted and drowsy driving. Failure to use available safety features such as seatbelts and motorcycle helmets is another huge cause of recent traffic fatalities.
Here are some basic safety tips for driving in the summer from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle crash, it is important to contact an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible. The knowledgeable team of lawyers at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm are ready to provide a free consultation to discuss your case and make sure you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
“Whether you’re a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist or walker, we want you to have safe and enjoyable travels this summer,” says Mark Bernstein. “If you’re riding in a car, wear your seatbelt. If you’re on a motorcycle or bicycle, wear a helmet. Follow the speed limit. These simple steps can help save lives.”Do You Have a Case?
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