Statistics show that car accidents are more likely during the summer than at other times of the year. In 2015, August was the month that had the most fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. In fact, the summer is commonly known as the “100 ‘deadliest days'” for teens and those on the road with them.
First of all, if you are involved in a car accident resulting from someone else’s negligence, the first thing you should do is call an ambulance and seek immediate follow-up care at a hospital or urgent care facility.
If you continue to experience pain or other symptoms following discharge from the hospital or urgent care facility, you should follow up with your primary care physician or other treating doctor. Finally, you should contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney who can assist you with maximizing the value of your case.
Why Car Accidents are More Likely in the Summer
More Roadway Construction
One reason why car accidents are more prevalent during the summer than at other times of the year is because in many states, including Missouri, construction crews take advantage of the warm weather to try and accomplish as much work as possible before the cooler weather sets in. Construction work can result in the following:
- Fewer open traffic lanes
- Temporary signs or traffic signals
All of these may increase the risk of traffic collisions – especially when drivers are impaired, distracted, or fatigued while behind the wheel of a car or truck.
Malfunctioning Vehicle Equipment
St. Louis summers can be hot, and high temperatures may increase the wear and tear on car engines and other equipment, including tires. When blowouts and other malfunctions occur on Missouri roadways, the risk of a traffic accident increases tremendously. In some cases, these kinds of malfunctions are unavoidable and are simply the result of the hot weather. In other cases, they are caused by defective equipment manufacture or design, in which case victims will likely be able to recover compensation for their losses.
Young Drivers are Out of School and on the Road During the Summer
During the traditional summer vacation, younger high school or college-aged drivers are on the roads. When a higher number of inexperienced drivers are on the roads for longer periods of time, your risk of involvement in an accident increases significantly.
Contact a St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
In order to prove negligence on the part of another driver, a plaintiff must prove that the other driver failed to drive in a reasonable and prudent manner under the circumstances – and that this failure resulted in the plaintiff’s personal injuries and damages. Personal injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence in a motor vehicle accident can be very serious and can affect every aspect of a person’s life. It may even result in long-term medical problems or disabilities. Generally speaking, insurance companies are not interested in offering fair compensation for the injuries and damages that plaintiffs sustain in motor vehicle accidents. This is why they require experienced legal representation throughout their personal injury cases.
At the Law Offices of Patrick O’Brien, we are committed to helping people injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, contact us or call our office at 866-333-3504.