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Summer is a deadly season for motorists

On Behalf of | May 15, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The last week of May through the first week of September is generally considered motorists’ deadliest time of year. This is because more cars and trucks tend to travel through New York simultaneously. Furthermore, an increasing number of teen drivers are on the road enjoying their summer breaks. You can take several steps to keep yourself safe while traveling this summer.

Drive defensively

As a defensive driver, you assume everyone on the road will make a mistake. Anticipating these errors allows you to take evasive maneuvers before a motor vehicle accident can occur. For instance, if you notice the car’s driver ahead of yours is talking on a cell phone, you can change lanes before that vehicle brakes without warning.

Watch out for signs of impairment

Teen drivers are more likely than those in other age groups to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you see a car struggling to maintain its lane, it may be a sign that the driver is impaired. The same may be true if a car fails to obey traffic signs or you observe erratic braking or acceleration. Ideally, you’ll keep your distance and call the police for help if you encounter an impaired driver.

Be a good parent

If you have a teen driver, discuss driving best practices. Ideally, you’ll talk about the importance of obeying the speed limit, driving while sober and avoiding distractions such as talking to passengers or answering a phone call while the car is in motion.

If you are hurt in an accident, you may incur medical bills, car repair bills and other losses. Obtaining a financial award from the driver who caused the crash that led to your losses may be possible. Toxicology reports, a police report and other evidence, may be used to bolster your assertion that the defendant was negligent in causing a wreck to take place.