Stephen Hasner | Car Accidents | July 12, 2018
When you think of risks of injuries during the summer, you may think of pool accidents, injuries at concerts or festivals, theme park accidents, and similar events. However, the risk of injury is almost everywhere you turn in Atlanta, as it is present on and near every roadway. While summer may mean a break from school and winter weather, it certainly does not mean a break from traffic accidents. The following are only some reasons why you should be careful anytime you are near a roadway in Georgia.
More Bicyclists and Pedestrians
When the weather is warm, people like to jump on their bikes or explore the city on foot instead of being stuck in a car. Biking and walking are good for your health, economical, and can eliminate parking concerns. However, this also means there are more people vulnerable to severe injuries in traffic collisions. Many drivers fail to properly yield to pedestrians or follow the rules of sharing the road with bicycles. This can result in drivers crashing into pedestrians and cyclists and causing serious injuries. If a driver was negligent, they should compensate any injured accident victims for their losses.
There are many festivals, concerts, and other events in the Atlanta area during the summer. In addition, the summer holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Teenagers who are out of school may have less supervision and more time to party. All of these factors mean there can be a higher number of intoxicated drivers on the streets. Even Georgia’s strict laws regarding driving under the influence (DUI) cannot prevent drunk driving accidents, which are often deadly. Drunk drivers should be held fully accountable for any injuries or deaths they cause.
Winter and spring can leave behind potholes and other road hazards that make it dangerous to drive. While it is important to repair and improve roads, having road work zones everywhere you turn can create new risks for both drivers and construction workers. Much focus is placed on dangerous drivers hitting workers, however, motorists can also sustain injuries in road work zone accidents. Construction crews may not properly warn of hazards, may leave equipment in the road, may not correctly direct traffic, and more.
Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but your good times can be quickly disrupted by a car accident and serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a traffic collision, you should seek the medical treatment you need and then call a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
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