Summer driving may seem easygoing for many across New Jersey. With no winter weather to worry about, you may look forward to getting out on the roads during this time of year.
However, the summer months can be perilous for drivers. One of the biggest contributors to this is the sheer number of drivers on the roads during this time. With long holiday weekends, many families taking extended vacations, inexperienced teen drivers out on the roads and more, more drivers can lead to more accidents. What should you know about staying safe on the roads this summer?
Understand the risks
Whether on your commute, your route to pick up your kids from summer camp, a long road trip or more, understand several of the most common risks on New Jersey roads this summer:
- Increased congestion. With more drivers and vehicles, accidents can be common. Exercise patience, drive defensively and avoid distractions.
- More motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Warmer weather means more on their bikes or on foot. Share the roads and carefully monitor your blind spots.
- Construction. Road construction is common during the summer months, which can pose constant hazards for vehicles and construction workers.
- Teen drivers. Teen drivers can be particularly susceptible to distracted driving, with more than 52% reporting they read a text while driving in the past 30 days.
- Vehicle maintenance issues. Before embarking on a long road trip, perform basic safety checks on your car to avoid hazardous issues far from home.
- Impaired drivers. With holiday weekends and more drivers on the roads, intoxicated or impaired drivers can pose increased risks.
Other risks can include severe summer weather, inexperienced drivers or those unfamiliar with local roads, drowsy or fatigued driving and more.
Know what to do after an accident
Despite your cautious driving, an accident can still occur due to the negligence of another. Car accidents can lead to serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, fractures, spinal cord or neck injuries and more.
After an accident, seek immediate medical assistance if necessary. If you are able to, take photos of the accident scene, call the police, exchange limited information with the other driver and speak with witnesses.
Staying alert and driving defensively can keep you safe and enhance the safety of the vehicles surrounding you. Seek legal assistance after an accident to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.