Is hot weather to blame for car accidents in Alabama?

Is hot weather to blame for car accidents in Alabama?

Alabama summers offer a rich variety of outdoor activities for families, nature enthusiasts and travelers alike. However, certain hazards increase during the summer, particularly for those traveling to outdoor events and recreation destinations.

While driving, not only do you need to watch out for distracted or drunk drivers and lost tourists, you need to avoid dehydrated drivers as well. If you have been injured in a car accident during the summer months, dehydration and other issues associated with hot weather conditions may have been a factor.

Causes of dehydration of drivers

Remaining hydrated during the summertime heat can be a struggle. Common causes of dehydration include:

  • Elevated temperatures and exposure to the sun, which can cause unwanted sweating and loss of water
  • Outdoor recreational activities such as field sports, running, cycling and hiking
  • Music festivals, farmer’s markets, boating expeditions and other outdoor activities
  • Even the most ordinary summer activities can take a toll on the body and affect a driver’s performance and safety on the road

How does hot weather affect drivers?

When we think of dehydration, we might simply think of one common aspect of the physical experience itself: thirst. Though thirst is unpleasant, there are several more severe consequences associated with dehydration, including:

  • Fatigue: When the body is dehydrated, energy levels drop and this can result in anything from mild fatigue to severe lethargy. A fatigued driver has a slower reaction time and is more likely to make unsafe driving decisions.
  • Lack of focus: The human brain requires a well-hydrated body in order to function properly. Dehydration can dramatically disrupt the ability to focus and may lead to wandering thoughts, inattention and slower reflexes.
  • Irritability: Though irritation may seem like a minor issue, irritability can be quite dangerous on the road; when tempers rise and patience diminishes, road rage incidents, mistakes due to impatience and careless accidents become more likely.
  • Headaches and muscle cramping: These physical symptoms can be distracting and may even compromise a driver’s ability to operate his or her vehicle safely.

Has the weather played a part in your car accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else, symptoms associated with dehydration may have played a role. From fatigue and lack of focus to irritability and other physical symptoms, a dehydrated driver can be a dangerous driver.

Whether your accident resulted from hot weather conditions or something else, contact an experienced personal injury attorney from the law firm of Clay, Massey & Associates. You may be entitled to compensation for damages and injuries you suffered as a result of your accident.