Now that the temperatures are finally warming up in Colorado, it’s time to start reserving tickets and clearing weekends for your favorite musicians and sports teams. Whether your favorite singer as a kid has a concert booked in your city or you want to watch the Rockies take on the Cubs in person, summer tends to be one of the most exciting seasons for kids and adults for a reason.
However, summer is also one of the deadliest seasons to be on the road. These popular late-night events partially contribute to that. Whether you’re leaving the stadium or getting onto the exit to the highway, you should take precautions if you plan on driving to a major local event in the latter hours of the day. These common factors are often associated with these accidents:
When you enter and leave
It should go without saying that the most chaotic times in the parking lot are right before and after the event. As you enter the parking lot, make sure you keep your eyes on the road while trying to find a spot. Fans frantically searching for an open area may get distracted and bump into someone going the opposite direction.
Consider coming early so you can not only park close to the entrance, but not worry about being too late to the main event. Take the time to walk around, grab a bite to eat and check out the merchandise if you need to pass the time.
You also need to think about when you want to head out. If the Rockies or whoever you are watching are playing a one-sided game, it may not be worth dealing with the hundreds of drivers still in the stadium afterwards.
However, if it is a close game or you are at a concert, it is understandable if you want to stay for the whole show. Just be very careful when exiting your spot. You won’t beat the crowds if you stayed until the end, so you may have to wait for some drivers to pass you before backing out.
Several types of dangerous drivers
Since these types of events bring in thousands of fans, you’re more likely to come across negligent motorists here than your daily commute. Some may have had one too many beers at the game, while others might have their eyes on the GPS more than the road if they aren’t from these parts of the state.
Even after you’ve left the parking lot, you need to keep a close eye on reckless or inexperienced drivers that might be in your area. If you spot any drivers that have a hard time keeping their car straight or have delayed reactions to the vehicles in front of them, get in a lane further away from them and see if there are any detours nearby.
Colorado has plenty of fun, late-night events for everyone to attend to in the summer. All it takes is one bad driver to make that night of fun into a night of horror. If you or a loved one suffer from a car crash at these local events, contact a motor vehicle accident attorney to help you financially recover.