Summer Driving Dangers

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What if the accident was my fault?”


Now that summer is in full swing, it seems like everyone is in a better mood. The weather is nicer, summer activities have begun, and overall everyone is looking forward to a much-deserved vacation. Summer is not all fun and games, however. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are more traffic fatalities in the summer months. This is a surprising statistic for many people who may assume that winter weather would lead to more accidents, but when you examine it further, it begins to make more sense.


summer-time-dangerous-driving-teens-Charlotte-Union-Iredell-Injury-law-firm-300x200It is true that the summer has little to no inclement weather such as snow, sleep, or ice. It is not surprising that snow storms, ice storms, and longer nighttime hours put drivers on edge. While many people think that inclement weather would cause more accidents, the opposite is actually true. Drivers are generally more alert and cautious when driving in winter weather. During the summer months, when the weather is nice, drivers might be less likely to pay one 100% attention to the road because there are no obvious dangers, like inclement weather, present.


There are other factors that contribute to the uptick in car accidents during the summer months:


  • Increased Construction: Everyone groans when they see those orange traffic cones or detour signs that indicate construction is coming to the local roadways. Construction zones can result in more accidents, especially when the construction leads to congestion and slows down traffic. Additionally, when a driver is forced to follow a detour they are not used to, it can cause distraction and accidents.
  • Teen Drivers: Summers are a time of freedom for school-aged children, especially for those teen drivers who are freshly able to drive by themselves. The American Automobile Association (AAA) conducted a study and found that the 100 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day are the deadliest for teen drivers.
  • Impaired Driving: Many summer functions include alcohol. Whether you go to the beach or a family barbeque, the adults there will likely be enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two. While this is completely legal for adults over the age of 21, problems arise when they proceed get in their vehicles and drive impaired. Impaired drivers can cause deadly accidents.


If you find yourself the victim of a car accident during the summer, the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you. The impact of a car accident can reach further than just your initial injuries or physical damage to your vehicle. Our attorneys are dedicated to holding the parties responsible for your injuries accountable. Your summer should not be derailed because of someone else’s negligence. Contact us today for a consultation, now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and our new location in Monroe, call us at 704-370-2828.






The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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