With its slushy, icy and wet roadways, winter seems like the most dangerous time to be on the road. If you look at the number of deadly car accidents in the U.S., though, winter has the fewest. Indeed, according to the National Safety Council, the months of July and October are the deadliest for drivers.
Even though on average, there are more deadly car accidents in July and October, you have a risk of suffering a catastrophic injury in a serious motor vehicle crash any time of the year. To stay safe, you should know what makes each season risky.
Inclement weather presents a significant risk to those who travel during the wintertime. As moisture and ice accumulate on roadways, tires tend to lose traction. This can cause motorists to lose control of their vehicles, especially when they are traveling at high rates of speed.
Spring has its fair share of inclement weather, of course. Therefore, drivers must exercise additional caution to stay safe on wet roads. Still, increased traffic during Spring Break also can put drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk.
Most Americans who take road trips do so during June, July or August, often leading to congested traffic on major roads. Inexperienced teen drivers who are not in school also may pose some risk to other motorists. Moreover, many alcohol-associated holidays, like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, occur during the summertime months.
October and November can come with some treacherous driving conditions. Additionally, drivers must acclimate to fewer hours of daylight as winter approaches. Sunglare can also be problematic during the autumn months.
Ultimately, regardless of what time of year your accident occurs, you may be eligible for financial compensation to help you cover your damages.