Traffic accidents and fatalities have risen in Wisconsin exponentially in the past two years. The state saw more traffic-related deaths in 2022 than it had the previous year. While these statistics are concerning, car accidents usually increase during the summer. If you or someone you know has been the victim of one, Kenosha Accident Lawyers can ensure you get the compensation that is due.
Here are some of the top reasons why car accidents seem on the rise during summer in Wisconsin:
1. Heat-Induced Equipment Failure
Cars are affected by the heat. They have to work overtime to ensure the engine doesn’t overheat and the air conditioner keeps running. If your daily commute is characterized by back-to-back traffic or is miles long, the heat and humidity can do a number on your car’s equipment. This includes tires that degrade faster on hot asphalt. A blowout can lead to a severe accident.
2. Road Construction Ramps Up
Roadways undergo construction mainly during the summer season. That is how several states, including Wisconsin, work. Construction crews take advantage of the warm weather to complete as much roadwork as possible before winter snows blanket everything. Naturally, roads get blocked, and traffic is redirected during this time.
Lane closures can lead to traffic congestion. During rush hour, angry and stressed drivers are at higher risk of rear-end collisions. Besides this, drivers can get disoriented and confused as regular routes are changed or blocked, increasing their chances of getting into accidents.
3. Busier Roads
The warm weather compels many to commute to work in their vehicles. That’s a lot of cars on the road at one time, during rush hour and under soaring temperatures.
The sweltering heat brings out people into the fresh air in droves. Besides other cars, drivers find themselves avoiding motorcyclists, bicyclists, and recreational vehicles more during the summer months. The more vehicles there are on the road, the higher the chances of collisions.
4. Increase in the number of teen drivers
Summer vacation is prime time for teenagers who are of age to drive. Those old enough to drive spend these days off partying with friends, taking on summer jobs, or just hanging out. These drivers are young, inexperienced, and rash enough to get into more accidents than adult drivers. Most teenagers are easily distracted by their phones or other people in their vehicle and are thus, more prone to accidents.
Whether you were involved in a car accident or were rear-ended by a negligent driver, consulting Kenosha car accident lawyers should be a priority. A car accident can cause more than just injuries and pain. It can have a lasting effect on your life.
At The Law Offices of John V. O’Connor, we offer aggressive legal representation that can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Our dedicated, compassionate, and responsive attorneys will understand your situation and fight for your rights when you cannot. We have years of experience helping people like you recover damages from car accidents in Wisconsin. Contact us for a consultation today by dialing (262) 605-8400.