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How Road Conditions Change in the Summer

Accidents Due to Road Conditions

Sometimes roadway conditions contribute to motor vehicle accidents or cause the injuries to be worse than if the accident happened under different circumstances. For example, when a guardrail is not present, or a protective barrier is defective, a driver that loses control on an icy roadway may have been stopped before crossing oncoming lanes of traffic or sliding into a body of water.

Changing Road Conditions in the Summer

When most people think about road conditions affecting driver safety, the snow and ice of winter come to mind. However, certain roadway hazards are present only during the summer months, and they can be equally as dangerous as those wintertime hazards.

Construction Zones

It has been said that Chicago has two seasons, winter and construction season. The prominence of road construction during the summer months can make driving more hazardous than at other times of the year. Most construction sites are marked clearly and give drivers plenty of warning when they are about to approach an ongoing road project. However, on occasion, a construction crew will neglect their duty to provide ample warning, which may result in an accident.

Other construction site hazards include bumpy surfaces, falling debris, and improperly marked lane closures.


As spring eclipses winter, another familiar road hazard seems to appear out of nowhere. The pothole. This creation of the freeze-thaw cycle inevitably appears across the area’s roadways, bringing with it dangerous driving conditions. Often, potholes are much deeper than they appear as a driver is approaching. This may cause the driver to lose control of the car or become injured due to the severity of the jolt.

More Drivers on the Road

During the summer months, there are more teen drivers, more bicycles, more motorcycles, and more drivers vacationing on the roadways. Each of these groups helps contribute to a more hazardous driving environment. Additionally, warm weather means more social gatherings where alcohol is served, meaning people are more likely to drive while intoxicated.

Tire Blowouts

Another issue in the summer is the excessive heat. Not only are cars more likely to overheat and stall, but tires are more likely to suffer a blowout. This is due to the fact that the air inside your tires expands as it heats up, wreaking havoc on well-worn tires.

Find a Chicago Auto Accident Attorney at Shea Law Group

Summer and winter each come with their own sets of hazardous road conditions, and despite our best efforts, it is still possible to be involved in an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, consult with an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney who can help you understand your rights.

Reach out to our expert legal team at Shea Law Group today. Book your free no-obligation consultation by calling (877)-365-0040 or filling out a contact form online. There is no risk, as we never charge a dime unless we win compensation for you.