It’s no secret that distracted driving plagues our country’s roadways, including here in Virginia. However, the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is especially treacherous. This span of time is often referred to as the 100 deadliest days of summer. During this period, distracted driving and associated injuries and deaths increase. This is especially concerning given that Virginia saw a 10-year high in traffic fatalities in 2020.
Contributing factors to the 100 deadliest days of summer
There are a number of things that contribute to injurious and deadly driving. To start, the amount of travel people undertake often increases during the summer, which, by its very nature, increases the chances of being involved in a car accident. Teenagers who are out of school often take to the road more frequently.
Common distractions continue to increase risks, too. Texting and driving, for example, can cause a motorist to take his or her eyes off of the road for up to 100 yards every time he or she looks down at his or her phone. But other distractions are problematic, too. Eating, grooming, changing the radio, reading a navigation device, searching for something in the cabin, and even interacting with passengers can be dangerous.
Ways to reduce distracted driving
There are a number of things that drivers can do to eliminate distracted driving. To start, consider putting the phone somewhere in the vehicle where it’s unreachable, such as the pocket behind the driver’s seat. Another option is to simply pull off of the road to use the phone. Simply reminding yourself of the importance of prioritizing driving and educating yourself or your loved ones about the dangers of distracted driving can be helpful, too.
Finding accountability when injured in a car accident
Car accidents can cause extensive damage to your life. That’s why if you or a loved one has been injured in one of these wrecks, then it may be wise to discuss your case with an attorney who can help you build the compelling case that you need to position yourself for a successful outcome.