When the skies are blue and the temperatures are high, going for a drive with the windows down can feel like a vacation. Few things in life are as pleasant as a calm drive on a summer afternoon, especially in the company of someone you enjoy.

Unfortunately, whether you drive for business or pleasure, the summer also brings with it an increased risk for motor vehicle crashes. Statistically, the summer months are some of the most dangerous of the year, with July often being one of the deadliest months for car crashes in any given year. Why are motor vehicle crashes so common in the ummer months?

Many factors contribute to summertime risks

During the heat of the summer, higher temperatures can lead to increased risk for flaring tempers and road rage. People trapped in a hot car may become more aggressive more quickly. The summer is also a time when many people go on vacations or host parties and barbecues. That can mean more traffic and people driving in sub-optimal conditions.

A road trip might mean driving an unfamiliar road which can be quite risky, while summertime get-togethers often involve alcohol and might contribute to increased risk for drunk-driving crashes. There’s also the fact that students are all out of school, which means there might be more teenagers on the road. The summer is a particularly dangerous time for young drivers.

If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle crash that was not your fault, look into your options for receiving compensation. An attorney can help you learn more about the legal avenues that are available to you.