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What is “the 100 deadliest days of summer”?

| Jun 25, 2020 | Catastrophic Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents

All roadways have the potential to become the scene of a severe traffic accident, but the chances of that happening vary depending on the time of year. The summer season sees a lot more traffic on the roads, and as a result, has earned the nickname of “the 100 deadliest days of summer.”

This period refers to the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During this time, more than seven people die from a car accident every day. Between 2008 and 2018, over 8,300 people die in these accidents. The road can be a completely different place in the summer, so what kinds of factors lead to accidents during this time?

Teen drivers

With schools closing in the summer, teenagers have more free time. This free time often results in teens driving to different locations like the beach or mall. Teenagers have the highest chances of getting in a car accident out of any age group, so with more teens on the road, the more dangerous the streets become.

Fatigue

There are other causes of accidents that happen in the summertime. Long road-trips and action-packed days at the amusement park are exhausting. This exhaustion becomes deadly behind the wheel of a car. Driver fatigue diminishes a driver’s capacity to stay safe on the road.

Construction

With less rain and more daylight, summer is the best time for road construction to occur. While this construction is often necessary, it can also be deadly. Loose debris, confusing road directions, and suddenly stopping vehicles can cause accidents with catastrophic injuries.

Alcohol

Beach parties and barbeques are favorite summer pastimes for many people, but not everyone thinks about getting home safe afterward. Bars also see an increase in traffic when college students come back for the summer. When these people decide to drive drunk, they put everyone around them at risk.

Do not become part of the statistic

Everyone wants to make sure they get the most out of their summers, but do not let it come at the cost of your safety and the safety of others. If you do not think you should drive for any reason, ask someone else to drive, or get a rideshare.