Car Accidents on the Rise in Summer Heat

Convertible overlooking the sunsetA series of unfortunate events played out in Austin, Texas last month. Within five hours, three accidents occurred, striking two buildings and one young boy.

According to Post Bulletin, the first car accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. An elderly man accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, which caused the car to collide into a pharmacy. Nobody was injured.

Just an hour later, a woman crashed into an office building, and was sent to the hospital for possible back and neck injuries. The employee inside the office was not severely injured.

The last accident occurred when a young woman accidentally hit a nine-year-old on a bicycle in a parking lot. The driver stated that she was aware of the young boys on their bikes, but was unable to stop when the young boy suddenly appeared. He was sent to the hospital for unknown injuries.

While it is unusual to have so many unrelated car accidents occur around the same time, some may blame it on the season.

The Polar Vortex created many unexpected dangers for the country, but summer is still one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads. More car accidents occur in June, July, and August than any other time of the year, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The higher temperatures cause more people to be outdoors and to drive unfamiliar roads to vacations and reunions. High school and college students are on summer break, and there are always endless amounts of construction sites.

These are in addition to driving without a seat belt, speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving.

Car accidents can be a scary, overwhelming event. Don’t let them ruin your summer fun. If you are in a car accident, contact an experienced Sherman Oaks, California lawyer.

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