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Why do summers end up more dangerous on the road?

With the ice and snow that sweep over New Hampshire in the winter, you'd think that poor road conditions would mean winter is the most dangerous time to drive. The reality, though, is that the summer is more dangerous. Why is this?

There are a few reasons, the first being that more teens are driving. All through the year, young drivers are in school during the day, but they're let out in the summer. Teen drivers cause a large amount of accidents as this activity spikes.

Another reason is that far more people take vacations. This means that there is more overall traffic. On top of that, people are often driving in areas that they are unfamiliar with, and that can lead to mistakes and accidents.

Road construction comes to a halt in the winter, but it hits at full force in the summer. Lanes are smaller, traffic does not always move in the way you expect, and drivers tend to get in accidents. They also get slowed down by construction zones, which can make some people more prone to speeding and reckless driving when they get out of the zones.

Finally, there are more small vehicles—like motorcycles—on the road during the summer. Cyclists also come out in force. These types of vehicles are often involved in accidents because they are harder to see, and because drivers forget to look for them—having not seen them in months—and so they do not exercise proper caution.

No matter how an accident came about, those who were injured without causing the crash have a right to seek compensation for their injuries.

Source: Esurance, "Dangers of Summer Driving," accessed Aug. 10, 2015

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