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The Safest Time to Drive Your Car

When the winter months strike Connecticut, long-time residents understand what is to come-as just last year, winter brought record-breaking amounts of snowfall. For this reason, countless people chose to work from home rather than brave the hazardous conditions of the roadways. If asked, many people would probably say that this time of the year proves to be the most dangerous for drivers, when thick sheets of ice and snow make the roads slick, but surprisingly, they would be wrong. Statistics tell a different story, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the most dangerous time to get behind the wheel is in August on a Saturday-on the exact opposite side of the spectrum. Experts believe this to be true for a variety of different reasons, all of which we will explore further.

First and foremost, the summer months drive an increased amount of people to the roadways across the country. Whether people are headed to the beach or they are embarking on a family vacation, the number of people that get behind the wheel at any given time is enough to increase traffic congestion. Similarly, when traffic builds up on the weekends, the potential for a collision to occur is severely increased, as most drivers are more susceptible to distracted driving practices. When the two are combined-heavy traffic and distracted drivers-the end result can be lethal. For this reason, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Russ Rader, explains that getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is the riskiest thing that a majority of the population will do every day-especially while in the vicinity of a distracted driver.

In addition, statistics show that the time of day that a driver decides to get out on the road may also play an important role, as driving at night can increase an individual's risk of being involved in an accident. There are a variety of factors that prove this to be true, as not only is a driver's ability to observe their surroundings diminished, but reckless and drunken drivers are more likely to be out on the road at this time, as well. This inevitably contributes to the astounding number of traffic fatalities that occur each and every day, which is estimated to be about 110. As such, if you have been involved in a negligently caused accident or if you have suffered the loss of a loved one at the hands of an irresponsible driver, it is important that you seek the compensation that you deserve. To explore your legal options, contact a personal injury lawyer from our firm as soon as possible.

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