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Personal injury issues to look for in summer

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2023 | Car Accidents

Whether you live in Delaware year-round or visit here on vacation, you’ll likely encounter heavy traffic. With several beaches within driving distance, tourists consider it a prime location, especially during the warmest seasons of the year. Not only is it common to see more cars on the road throughout the state during summer, but there’s also a significant risk for personal injury because more fatal motor vehicle collisions occur in summer months than at any other time of year.

You can’t stop going to work or the grocery store just because it’s summer, and you wouldn’t want to bring your social life to a halt simply because there’s a risk of collision when you travel. After all, there’s always a risk, regardless of what time of year it happens to be when you get behind the wheel. Since such chances are highest during summer, it’s a good idea to be especially alert and cautious while driving and to know where to seek support if a collision occurs.

Fatality rate fluctuates with mileage

When there are more vehicles on the road, the likelihood of a collision increases. However, the more miles a car travels, the greater the risk of fatal injuries. If you’re here in the winter months, you no doubt notice less traffic, especially in a coastal area.

Data shows that the risk of a collision involving fatal injuries increases with the mileage a vehicle travels. This is something to bear in mind if you’re planning a trip to Delaware this summer but, also if you live here year ‘round and expect a lot of tourists in your community.

If a collision resulting in personal injury occurs

Summer is approaching, so you will soon notice increased traffic on Delaware roads. Now is an excellent time to update your driver safety tips and to review safety guidelines for pedestrians in case you travel on foot to and from the beach or elsewhere around town. Even your best efforts may not be enough to avoid a collision, however, if a distracted, sleepy or drunk driver is nearby.

If a collision results in personal injury, the top priority is always to obtain medical attention. Beyond the care you receive in the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it’s essential to closely monitor your condition in the following days and weeks in case new symptoms suggest a severe, underlying issue such as a traumatic brain injury. When another driver’s negligence has caused a collision, Delaware law allows you to seek restitution for damages.