Have you heard that summer is the most dangerous time to drive? Do you know that there tends to be a spike in traffic fatalities as the temperatures climb?

It’s true. An Ohio winter may feel more dangerous with the snow and ice, but the summer is actually the more dangerous period. Why is this?

There are a few reasons. For one thing, people simply log more miles. They go on vacation. Families with kids out of school suddenly have more free time for road trips, family outings, summer camps and other activities. When people spend more time on the road, in greater numbers, the fatalities are bound to rise as a result.

It’s also worth noting that teenage drivers, who have disproportionately high accident rates, don’t have school all summer. Instead, they’re driving to work or hanging out with friends. Simply driving around is a common pastime for a lot of teens.

This means that one of the highest-risk age groups is also logging more miles. When added with the increase in overall traffic, it’s a deadly combination. Those summer months could be some of the most dangerous ones you experience out of the entire year, even when all you do is commute to work just like you do all winter.

Were you injured in a car accident this summer here in Columbus? Do you now have a host of unpaid medical bills and related costs? If so, you may want to look into all the options you have to seek compensation from the driver who caused the accident.