August Continues to be the Most Dangerous Month of the Year for American Drivers

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. September 10, 2018

There’s a lot of good things that the summer brings to Tampa, Clearwater, and the surrounding area, like a big boost in tourist business and some great indoor and outdoor events.

Unfortunately, the increased traffic that comes with the season has downsides too, particularly when it comes to driving safety.

The summer season itself can be quite effective dangerous when it comes to our roads. The truth of the matter is that summer driving results in 20% more miles driven per month than during colder months throughout the country, and this results in more fatal accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly 40% more teen driver deaths occur during the summer than the spring.

Looking at the Numbers on August Driving Safety

When it comes to August itself, the IIHS has found that August is the deadliest month for American drivers. In fact, nearly 16,000 individuals died in car crashes occurring in August between 2012 and 2016 alone.

Nationwide Insurance dug into some of their own data and found that August 2016 was particularly dangerous with nearly 61,000 accidents reported that month, surpassing monthly totals for the previous four years. According to their data, common causes for these August car accidents included sudden stops and accelerating too fast.

Digging in deeper, they discovered that August 2nd of 2016 was the most dangerous day to drive within a span of five years. 505 passengers lost their lives in automotive accidents that day, mostly due to accidents that occurred during the day. It appears that hard braking and sudden speeding in congested areas were responsible for many of the accidents that day.

A Deeper Dive on Local Car Accident Statistics

For more statistical data about driving safety in our region, take a deeper dive in the following articles. We recently gathered accident statistics in the areas that we serve that we’d like to share with you.

Updated Hernando County Road Accident Statistics

Citrus County Road Accident Statistics for 2018

Updated Manatee County Road Accident Statistics

Updated Pinellas County Road Accident Statistics

Traffic Accidents on the Rise in Sarasota County

At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we take driving safety seriously for a reason. In the 30+ years since we opened our doors, we’ve represented more than 20,000 victims who were unnecessarily hurt or killed by someone else’s negligence, mostly in car accidents.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a collision in our area, our car accident lawyers may be able to help. Give us a call today for a free consultation and speak with a member of our compassionate and committed injury law team.

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