The Rise in Summer Travel and Vehicular Accidents: A Statistical Insight

As the summer season approaches, we at BNG Legal Group want to highlight an important yet often overlooked issue: the increase in vehicular accidents during this busy travel period. While summer offers a time for relaxation, vacations, and road trips, it also brings a higher incidence of traffic accidents. Understanding the factors behind this trend can help in taking proactive measures to ensure safety on the roads.

The Correlation Between Summer Travel and Accident Rates

Statistical data consistently shows a spike in vehicular accidents during the summer months. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities peak during the summer, particularly in June, July, and August. Several factors contribute to this seasonal increase:

  1. Increased Travel Volume: Summer is synonymous with family vacations, weekend getaways, and long road trips. The surge in the number of vehicles on the road naturally increases the likelihood of accidents.
  2. Teen Drivers: With schools out of session, more teenage drivers hit the road during summer. Teen drivers, due to inexperience, are more prone to accidents, contributing to the seasonal rise in incidents.
  3. Alcohol Consumption: Summer festivities often involve alcohol, whether at barbecues, beach parties, or holiday celebrations like the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, this can lead to an increase in impaired driving.
  4. Construction Zones: Summer is also the peak season for road construction. Navigating through construction zones can be challenging and often results in accidents due to changing traffic patterns and road conditions.
  5. Longer Days: Extended daylight hours mean more people are out driving later into the evening. While this can be beneficial, it also increases the likelihood of fatigue-related accidents as drivers spend more time on the road.

How to Stay Safe During Summer Travel

While the statistics might seem daunting, there are several steps you can take to minimize your risk and stay safe on the road:

  1. Plan Ahead: Before embarking on a road trip, ensure your vehicle is in good condition. Check tire pressure, oil levels, and ensure all lights are functioning properly.
  2. Avoid Distractions: Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Keep your focus on the road and avoid using your phone or engaging in other distracting activities while driving.
  3. Drive Sober: Never drink and drive. If you plan on consuming alcohol, arrange for a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service.
  4. Obey Speed Limits: Speeding is a significant factor in many accidents. Adhering to posted speed limits can greatly reduce your risk of an accident.
  5. Be Aware of Construction Zones: Slow down and follow posted signs when driving through construction areas. Be prepared for sudden stops and changes in traffic patterns.
  6. Take Breaks: Long drives can lead to fatigue. Take regular breaks to rest and stay alert behind the wheel.

What to Do If You’re Involved in an Accident

Despite taking precautions, accidents can still happen. If you find yourself involved in a vehicular accident this summer, it’s crucial to know what steps to take:

  1. Stay Calm: Keep calm and assess the situation. Check for injuries and call emergency services if needed.
  2. Move to Safety: If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location out of traffic.
  3. Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved.
  4. Document the Scene: Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage and any relevant road conditions or signage.
  5. Seek Medical Attention: Even if injuries seem minor, it’s important to get a medical evaluation. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
  6. Contact BNG Legal Group: If you’ve been involved in an accident, reach out to our experienced legal team. We can help you navigate the complexities of insurance claims and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.


At BNG Legal Group, we understand the challenges that come with increased summer travel and the unfortunate rise in vehicular accidents. Our mission is to support and advocate for our clients, ensuring their rights are protected and they receive fair compensation. As you enjoy the summer months, remember to prioritize safety on the road. If you need legal assistance following an accident, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.

Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!


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