The summer months are generally seen as an ideal time to drive to a beach or take a hike in the mountains. However, you will likely encounter a number of hazards while traveling in California this summer that you might not typically see during the rest of the year. Understanding these hazards may help you either avoid them or develop strategies to remain safe when you encounter them.
Watch out for construction
The spring and summer seasons are usually dedicated to road construction because it’s easier to get work done when the days are long and the weather is warm. Construction zones may be hazardous because traffic patterns may change suddenly just prior to entering them. Furthermore, speed limits may drop to as little as 30 miles per hour with little warning. Therefore, it’s important to remain alert to reduce your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Keep an eye on younger drivers
Teenagers may decide to enjoy their summer break by traveling to the beach, the mall or other destinations. Younger drivers are more likely to speed and use their phones or take other actions that might increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident. Their lack of experience may also work against them when encountering construction zones or other unique environments.
Pedestrians may be distracted
You will likely see a greater number of pedestrians during the summer. As with motorists, they too may listen to loud music or have their heads buried in their phones. Therefore, you’ll need to pay attention to what they are doing to minimize the risk of a collision.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it’s a good idea to take action quickly. California law gives you two years from the date of a wreck to file a lawsuit in your case. If your claim is successful, you may obtain compensation for medical bills or other damages.