If asked which month of the year is the most dangerous for drivers, many of us would pick December or another winter month. We’ve all turned on the TV before and seen the news showing pictures of cars that had slid off the road came to rest in the median or even a multiple car pile up on the interstate due to bad winter conditions. On the other hand, the first thing that comes to mind about summertime might be driving to Beaver Lake on a bright, sunny day with the windows down and the fishing poles in tow, or cruising over to Arvest Ballpark to catch a Naturals game.
You would not be alone in believing that winter is the most dangerous time of year. In fact, one study found that 83% of Americans share that belief. However, statistics released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have shown that the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities in summer months is substantially higher than winter months. The increase in fatalities can be attributed to at least two reasons, both leading to an uptick in the number of drivers on the road.
One reason that driving during the summer is more dangerous than winter is because more teenagers are behind the wheel. After schools let out for the summer, all of those teens from Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers and the rest of the high schools in Northwest Arkansas have nothing but time on their hands. Unfortunately, more teen drivers on the road means more danger since statistics show that teens are more likely to be involved in an accident than any other age group.
The second reason behind the increase in car accidents in the summer is summer vacations. An increase in tourists in an area can lead to congested roads which can result in a variety of issues. And with popular vacation destinations and attractions, including historic Eureka Springs, golf courses in Bella Vista, the Walmart AMP in Rogers, Siloam Springs Kayak Park, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas is particularly susceptible to the complications accompanying an influx of tourists.As you and your families enjoy your time together this summer, keep this information in mind and always remain attentive behind the wheel. But, if you are involved in an accident, it is important to have someone by your side to help you. Our team at Bailey & Oliver Law Firm can help you navigate the complicated process of gaining financial reimbursement for your personal injury claims. Our office is located just West of Exit 81 on I-49 in Rogers, Arkansas. Give us a call at 479-202-5200.
We serve Rogers, Bentonville, Springdale, Lowell, Bella Vista, Centerton, Decatur, Highfill, Cave Springs, Gravette, Pea Ridge, Fayetteville, Huntsville, Berryville, Eureka Springs and all of Arkansas.