SafeMotorists.com reports July and August are two of the three deadliest months of the year to drive on American roadways.
Many families are preparing for a final summer get away in August before school starts up, which causes roadways to be more congested and increases the odds of being involved in a car accident in Alabama or elsewhere in the country.
Our Alabama car accident lawyers know that families want to spend a little quality time before the kids head back to school; motorists should expect to see more vehicles and use caution when it is needed.
Not only are drivers likely to become distracted this time of year but you may notice a few who have partied too much at a summer barbeque or otherwise made the decision to drive after having too much to drink. If you are hit by a distracted or drunk driver, contact an experienced car accident attorney to make sure your rights are fully protected and you are provided the resources necessary to seek a complete recovery.
Al.com reports that traffic fatalities in the first quarter of this year were up compared to last year during the same period according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety (ADPS). Officials report a total of 137 fatalities this year through March compared to 129 deaths from January through March, 2010. According to the Department of Public Safety, there were a total of 774 fatal wrecks in 2009, claiming the lives of 848 motorists. Another 35,000 were seriously injured. Almost two-thirds of the fatal wrecks were in rural areas.
A traffic safety study in Indiana reported by Pharos-Tribune indicated that July and August are the deadliest months to drive. Not only were motorists' fatalities high during these months but the risks for motorcycle accident peaked. Nationwide, states (including Alabama) report similar trends.
Safemotorist.com reports that Fourth of July weekend is typically one of the deadliest weekends of the year, most likely due to the high volume of traffic and the number of motorists who drive under the influence. However, when listing the 10 deadliest days, 7 out of 10 were in July and August. These dates include July 2, 3, 4 and August 3, 4, 6 and 12. Saturday and Friday have proven to be the most fatal days of the week in terms of motor vehicle crashes in recent past and the deadliest times to drive during the day are 3:00 - 6:00p.m. and 6:00-9:00p.m.
ADPS's plan to countermeasure traffic fatalities in our state is to incorporate more driver license checkpoints and patrol more in areas with high crash rates; motorists are warned to always have their license, registration and proof of insurance card with them when they are driving in order to avoid penalty. Always remember safe and defensive drivers keep families safe and should always be a priority when you get behind the wheel.