It is hard to believe that winter is ending, but there are signs that spring is around the corner. The days are getting longer and warmer, and it is getting harder to stay inside. At the same time, it is essential to remember that spring is one of the most dangerous times for weather-related motor vehicle accidents.
Why so dangerous?
The icy roads and gravel-strewn corners are still a fresh memory for many drivers, but there are other dangers to watch for. These include:
- Road conditions: The cold, plowing and ice can wreak havoc on the pavement, causing it to buckle, crack or become filled with potholes.
- Weather: Snow now gives away to rain, which can mean slippery roads, flooding and driving in bad weather.
- Late sunrise: Anyone commuting east can see the sunrise, but it can be blinding, especially when the windows are fogging up.
- Walkers and bikers: The dark winter months can keep people inside, but people will now be itching to take a ride or stretch the legs. Watch for motorcycles in the blind spots and pedestrians in crosswalks and at corners. Check and then check again.
- Animals are out: Animals come out of hibernation looking for food and begin mating, especially around dusk and dawn.
Important safety tips to remember
Few of us take time to check out their vehicle when the temperature is below freezing, but it is still a good idea to check tire pressure (tires can leak when hitting potholes), replace wiper blades that have been battling ice and make sure all the lights and signals work.
Watch for reckless drivers
Exercising safe driving habits and performing maintenance are smart strategies, but it may not prevent other more reckless drivers from causing damages and injuries or even death. Victims in motor vehicle accidents should get medical help immediately if they are injured. Still, it may also make sense to contact an attorney who has experience handling car crashes and severe injuries. They can help victims get compensation for damages as well as money for lost wages and related medical expenses not covered by insurance.