Is It Actually More Dangerous To Drive In Winter Than Summer?

Is It Actually More Dangerous To Drive In Winter Than Summer?

With snow, ice and other cold weather hazards, winter driving can be extremely dangerous. However, as a firm consisting of experienced auto and motorcycle accident attorneys, we had a question: Is winter driving really more dangerous than summer driving? We decided to take a look at the numbers and find out.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic accidents were responsible for over 66,000 U.S. death and 4.57 million injuries in 2011 and 2012. While the NHTSA report doesn’t break down the injuries by season, it does include a quarterly breakdown of traffic fatalities. Surprisingly, the largest segment of traffic fatalities actually occurred during the summer months, between July and September. You can see how the numbers break down in our infographic below.

Safety Is Everyones' Responsibility

As shown, about half of the increased injuries are due to higher numbers of pedal cyclist and motorcyclist fatalities during the warmer months. The reason behind the other half of the increase, however, is unclear. Nevertheless, the message these numbers give is crystal clear: It’s always important to drive safely! If you have questions or have been hurt in a car accident call us today at (888) 532-0996 or send us a message.

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For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm's areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.