The summer months bring warm weather, clear skies and long days of fun and relaxation. It’s a time when people tend to travel a lot, when children are not in school and when families can reconnect and enjoy a few months without such a rigid structure.

But it’s not all good news. Studies have also found that car accidents are more common in the summer. The risks on the road go up notably. For those who get involved in serious accidents and wind up in the hospital, this is definitely not a time of relaxation and fun. It could even be a fight for their very lives.

There are plenty of reasons for these increased risks, some of which were even noted above. For example, people travel more on vacation. Road traffic goes up, congestion goes up and that causes accidents. Plus, many travelers may be from other states, so they’re on unfamiliar roads.

Also, as noted, the kids are out of school. This means that many teens who can drive suddenly have a lot more free time. Even a part-time job doesn’t take up the entire day like school does. These teen drivers cruise around with their friends, spend much more time away from home and may even engage in risky behaviors like speeding or underage drinking.

The summer can be fun. It can be relaxing. But that does not mean you can ignore all of the risks that you face for the next few months. If you get into an accident caused by another driver, you may have a right to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and related costs.