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Are Car Accidents More Likely During Summer?

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Yes, drivers run a higher risk of getting into a car accident during the summer months, and summer weekends are the most dangerous. AAA calls the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the “100 Deadliest Days.” Not only are drivers more likely to get into car accidents but those car accidents are more likely to be fatal, especially for teens.

But why are car accidents more likely during summer? Keep reading to find out!

Teen Drivers

During the summer, teen drivers are out of school and often traveling by themselves for the first time. Because they have less driving experience and make different judgment calls than adult drivers, this often results in more accidents.

When teens engage in dangerous driving behaviors, like speeding or texting and driving, accidents can be more severe, as well.


Many people travel for the summer holidays, and even locals go out more to enjoy the nice weather. This results in traffic and road congestion, which can trigger road rage and other unsafe driving behaviors. The combination between bored, distracted residents and tourists who may stop and turn abruptly creates difficult driving conditions for everyone.

Road Construction

Construction companies also take advantage of the nice weather to complete roadwork and other projects. Road construction often leads to unfamiliar detours, traffic jams, distractions, and additional hazards. Drivers may not expect changes to typical driving conditions and fail to respond to temporary signs or signals, which may lead to accidents.


Cars don’t like extreme temperatures, and extreme heat can increase the chance of vehicle equipment failure. During a tire blowout, for example, a driver may have trouble maintaining control of their vehicle.

Additionally, drivers may become fatigued or dehydrated, and drowsy drivers have worse judgment and reaction time, making them less able to avoid a car accident.

Drugs and Alcohol

With holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July, summer is a time to celebrate, and many people celebrate with alcohol and other drugs. Unfortunately, some drivers get behind the wheel while intoxicated, putting everyone on the road at risk.

Can I Prevent Summer Car Accidents?

If you drive extra carefully, you can prevent some summer car accidents. Always get enough rest before driving, never drive under the influence, and avoid distractions. Practice defensive driving and stay focused and alert.

No matter how careful you are, however, you cannot prevent every car accident. If you are harmed by someone else’s negligence, you may need help moving forward.

Fortunately, the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis is here for you. Our team has more than 20 years of legal experience, and as a former insurance defense attorney, Dean Petrulakis can help you deal with all the issues you are facing.

We are always available and offer free consultations, so don’t hesitate to call us at (209) 528-0404 or contact us online!