The call of summer is synonymous with sun-drenched beaches, bikinis, and teens cruising the boardwalk. It’s the summer staple. But did you know the chance of car accidents increases by 25 percent during San Diego’s popular beach season? According to San Diego officials, the rise of car accidents during beach season are mostly caused by men watching women.
“We get an influx of college kids and tourists to the beach areas during these times, and the accidents climb,” said McCullough.”It’s often young guys who, after we talk to them and prod a little, will admit they were eying an attractive brunette or good-looking blonde in a little bikini.”
And in another study by British auto insurance company, Sheila’s Wheels, the same incredible fact is true: 29 percent of men confess they have been distracted while driving by attractive women in swimsuits or revealing clothes.
Distracted driving can come in all forms, even besides typical offenses like cell phone, texting, eating, applying makeup or fiddling with the radio. But all types of distracted driving can end up in a car accident. Now that summer is nearly here, it’s never been more important to stay focused on the road.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Regardless of how you may be distracted behind the wheel, car accidents can happen as a result of inattentiveness. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, inattention while driving leads to 1 in 4 of every accident that occurs.
And it’s not just bikinis that attract the attention of many drivers: the beauty of the ocean, incredible sunsets, and crashing waves can practically hypnotize drivers causing inattentiveness and often resulting in car accidents, whether it’s crashing into a guard rail, rear ending the car ahead, or causing accidents behind the unfocused driver.
No matter how the accident happens, it can lead to personal injury and even catastrophic injury – that’s why it’s never been more important to stay focused on the road.
Use common sense and practicality:
- More sunshine means more people on the road. Stay alert, and watch for pedestrians.
- Don’t further increase your chance of a car accident by talking on your cell phone, texting, or eating. In fact, most cell phone use while driving is illegal. You are breaking the law when you engage in dangerous cell phone activity while driving. Stay on the right side of the law!
- No one says to not appreciate a beautiful sunset. Just pull over to a designated shoulder or visitor’s area to take it all in. Do not ever use your cell phone camera while driving!
- Drive below the speed limit. Of course, exercise common sense. And, know that if there is an increase in sidewalk traffic and sunshine, there will be more distractions. Decreased speed means you can have time to react if the driving situation changes.
About the Law Offices of Michael Pines
Michael Pines is a personal injury lawyer in San Diego specializing in car accidents. Unfortunately, there are many cases of car accidents that arise from distracted driving throughout the San Diego County. Many of those injured in car accidents turn to the Law Offices of Michael Pines for legal representation. People trust Michael Pines as San Diego’s Safety Ambassador and turn to his firm when an injury accident happens. Call us today at 1-858-551-2090 or use our contact form for a free legal evaluation.