Summertime in Texas can mean a break from school, road trips, grilling out and celebrating holidays like the Fourth of July and Juneteenth. But summer also tends to mean an increase in serious auto accidents.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that car accidents go up nationwide in the summer. Texas is no exception. There are several reasons more car wrecks happen in the summer, including:
Drunk drivers are a menace year-round, but holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day can be especially dangerous. Too many people attend holiday parties, drink too much, and choose to drive home instead of making a responsible choice like having a designated driver or calling a cab or rideshare. Some of them inevitably cause terrible car accidents that kill or severely injury innocent people.
This is the first summer for many teens in Collin and Hunt counties that they have their driver’s licenses. As new drivers, they lack the experience that older motorists have, so they are more likely to make a mistake. Plus, younger drivers are the most prone to distracted driving of any age group. The combination of inexperience and bad habits like driving while texting or using smartphone apps can lead to disaster.
Summer road trips
School is out, and the pandemic seems to be somewhat under control. Compared to last summer, there will almost certainly be more Texans going on road trips, whether for the weekend or even longer. This means more vehicles on the highways, some of which will be driven by negligent drivers.