car driving during the most dangerous months

Each new season presents unique challenges for drivers. Some seasons prove to be more challenging than others. For Rhode Island, the weather and climate can be unpredictable with each passing month. Which time of year is considered the most dangerous for drivers?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled 24 years of data regarding the trends of auto accidents throughout the months of each year. Here are some of the specific statistics that they found:

  • There are 29% more deaths in the summer months than in the winter months.

  • May, June, July, August, September, and October are the months with the most traffic-related fatalities.

  • December is the deadliest month to travel in winter.

  • Drivers travel, on average, 20% more miles in summer than in winter.
traffic during the most dangerous months

Why is Summer Deadlier Than Winter?

The main reason is that there are more drivers in summer than winter, especially with the addition of motorcyclists. The chances of accidents go up with the number of drivers. Another reason is the false sense of security summer can bring. When people drive in the winter, particularly in snow and icy conditions, people pay more attention to the road or stay off them. In the summer, there can be a more relaxed atmosphere; the freedom of the open road on a beautiful day. This lackadaisical attitude contributes to the accident rates of summer. One other factor to be considered is the number of tire blowouts that occur in hotter conditions. It is always a good idea to check your tire pressure and tire treads before making any long driving trips in the summer.

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Source:

  1. nhtsa.gov/press-releases/usdot-releases-2016-fatal-traffic-crash-data
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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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