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OHP Offers Safe Driving Tips For Summer

A young couple is enjoying a summer drive in a car with the sunroof open.

The "100 Deadliest Days of Summer," which spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is in full swing. During this period, increased traffic density can create congestion and heighten the risk of car accidents, especially when coupled with other dangerous driving behaviors. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, someone is injured in a crash every 13 seconds. This rate of car accident injuries outpaces injuries from violent crimes. For that reason, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has offered valuable, safe driving tips for summer.

What are the common causes of summer car accidents?

Several common causes of summer car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving: This often involves using mobile devices, eating, or adjusting music while behind the wheel.
  • Speeding and reckless driving: Speeding and reckless driving also become more prevalent this time of year as some drivers attempt to make the most of their limited vacation time.
  • Impaired driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a significant problem, particularly during holiday weekends, such as the Fourth of July.
  • Drowsy driving: Fatigue and drowsy driving can also contribute to car accidents, as people travel long distances or spend extended hours on the road.
  • Inexperience in driving: Inexperienced drivers, such as teenagers out of school, may lack the skills to navigate different driving scenarios.
  • Road work zones: Increased road construction and maintenance during the summer can create unexpected obstacles and delays.

What safe driving tips can help prevent car accidents?

By working together and prioritizing safety, Oklahoma drivers can make the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer" less deadly. Every person on the road has the power to contribute to reducing traffic accidents and fatalities. Here are some safe driving tips to help mitigate the risk of a crash:

  • Always wear a seatbelt and ensure that all passengers do the same.
  • Avoid distractions by putting away mobile devices and focusing solely on driving.
  • Obey posted speed limits and maintain a safe following distance, especially in heavy traffic.
  • Plan ahead to allow extra time for travel, and take regular breaks to combat fatigue.
  • Be patient when dealing with increased summer traffic.
  • Designate a sober driver or use a ride-sharing service (or other mode of transportation) if you plan on consuming alcohol.
  • Remain vigilant and anticipate the actions of other motorists.
  • Allow extra space for merging and unexpected maneuvers.
  • Passengers can also contribute to safety by assisting with navigation, monitoring the driver's alertness, and speaking up if they notice dangerous behavior.

Contact a car accident lawyer if you've been injured

No matter how safely you drive this summer, accidents can still occur due to the negligence of others. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Oklahoma, take action quickly to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. Medical bills can pile up quickly, and dealing with the insurance company can be overwhelming.

At Lawter & Associates, PLLC, our knowledgeable lawyers have over 40 years of experience representing car accident victims throughout Oklahoma. We understand the state's rules and regulations and how they apply to your case, and we take an aggressive approach to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. Don't settle for less after a serious car wreck. Contact us online or call us today for a free consultation. Let us help you get your life back on track after a devastating car accident.

"After my wreck, I contacted Lawter and Associates. Sandy and Matthew went above and beyond for me. Mike even drove to Tulsa and filmed a doctor's appointment. I have money in the bank; you bet I'm happy." — Former client.

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