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Beware the dangers of summer driving in Massachusetts

Thousands of tourists flock to Massachusetts in summer. You yourself may enjoy traveling to other parts of the state from where you normally reside. Between tourists, motor vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, roadways are dangerous places, especially in June, July and August. Many children are on vacation from school, which also poses added risk with kids running into streets to chase balls that have rolled away and other issues.

The question is: If another person causes you or your loved one to suffer injury, why should you bear the financial burden associated with the situation? The good news is that, if you know what type of danger lurks on Massachusetts roadways in summer, you may be able to avoid a collision. It's also good to know that, if you do become a victim of a negligent driver, there are support systems in place to help you seek a full recovery.

Top risks of summer driving in Massachusetts

The following list includes various issues that make summertime driving one of the most dangerous times of year for motorists and pedestrians alike:

  • There are more cars and people outdoors on a regular basis.
  • With kids off school, there are many teenage drivers on the road.
  • Teenagers are often inexperienced in urgent roadway situations and lack the skill and judgment ability to react safely. They also often engage in high-risk behavior with cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • Heat is not good for car tires. High temperatures can cause your tires to expand and blow out.
  • Tourists are often in great hurries to get to their destinations. Rushing while driving is not conducive to safety. 
  • In 2014, August ranked as the month with the second-highest number of fatalities due to motor vehicle collisions. 
  • Construction often occurs in summer. Construction sites and workers pose great risks to motorists.  

Whether you are on the road every day in summer or try to avoid driving unless it's absolutely necessary, each time you travel by car, bicycle or motorcycle (or even if you walk, for that matter), you are at risk for injury if a nearby motorist does not adhere to traffic and safety regulations.  

Getting life back on track

Depending on the type of injuries you've sustained, it may take days, weeks or months to recover. You may also experience a lot of emotional trauma that can be just as difficult to overcome as physical injuries. As you take things day by day, you can reach out for support as needed to get the medical care you need and recover from the damages that a negligent summertime driver caused you to suffer.

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