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Driving safely in summer

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In California, summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a dangerous time on the roads. Motor vehicle accidents spike during the summer season, so it is important to be aware of the risks and take precautions.

How do motor vehicle accidents occur in summer?

The warmer weather means more people are out and about, which can lead to increased traffic congestion. For one, this could mean more aggressive driving and road rage. Furthermore, alcohol consumption often goes up in the summertime, which can cause people to make poor decisions when behind the wheel.

It’s also common for people to take more risks when they are on vacation. This could involve driving in unfamiliar territory or even speeding. All of these factors can contribute to a motor vehicle accident.

How can you stay safe on the roads this summer?

First, make sure you are well-rested before getting behind the wheel. drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents.

It’s also important to be aware of your surroundings and drive defensively. This means being on the lookout for aggressive drivers and giving yourself extra time to react to any potential hazards.

If you are driving in unfamiliar territory, be sure to map out your route ahead of time and take your time getting to your destination. If you are drinking alcohol, always designate a sober driver. And finally, always buckle up.

What should you do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident?

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is stay calm and assess the situation. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. If not, move your vehicle to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights.

Once you have moved to a safe location, exchange insurance information with the other driver. If possible, take pictures of the damage and get the contact information of any witnesses. Then, you should contact your insurance company to report the accident. They will likely ask for a copy of the police report, so be sure to get that from the officer on scene.

The form of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of the accident and the extent of the damage. If you were injured, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If the other driver was at fault, their insurance company may also be responsible for repairing your vehicle.