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Staying safe on summer roads

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2023 | Personal Injury

We are in July now, so you may feel relieved not having to drive in the harsh conditions of winter weather. However, there are many potential road hazards on Texas roads during the summer that can cause accidents.

Roads are sometimes in poor condition after winter due to potholes, which make driving dangerous. You could experience a tire blowout, so you should always check your tires before going out onto the road in the summer.

Road construction

Fixing potholes is one reason why summer is the season of road construction. This means lanes can be closed or shifted, or you could be forced to take alternate routes if a road or highway is shut down entirely.

This makes driving incredibly difficult. Additionally, road construction often means traffic jams, which can result in drowsiness or aggressive driving. Drivers might also speed once they get out of a traffic jam to make up for lost time, which increases the chance of an accident.

High traffic and potential intoxication

There are generally more drivers on the roads in the summer. School is out and many activities such as festivals, graduation parties and weddings take place in the summer.

This not only means more drivers on the roads, but there is a higher chance these drivers may be intoxicated. You should be cautious of other drivers around you, especially if you are traveling late at night or on a weekend.

The best thing to do if another driver is driving dangerously is to avoid them and not engage. If you cannot escape them, pull over to a safe place and call the police to alert them about the vehicle.

Many car accidents involve negligence

Sometimes, no matter how safely you drive, you find yourself the victim of a car accident, which can cause you serious injuries and completely dismantle your life.

Speeding, aggressive driving, intoxicated driving and poorly maintained roads are all examples of negligence that can cause an accident. If you believe negligence was involved in your accident, there are steps you can take to pursue compensation.