Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Common Warm Weather HazardsApril 13, 2017
With winter finally behind us, so are the threats of snow, sleet, and ice that can cause road conditions to be very dangerous. Spring brings warmer temperatures, longer days, and more time spent outdoors. However, there are a number of car accident risks that are unique to spring and summer that drivers should be aware of so that they can take the proper precautions and avoid injuries.
The following are examples of common car accident risks during the spring and summer months:
- More people on the roads: The warm weather tends to bring more people out on the roads, whether than means attending an outdoor sporting events, going on vacation, or to open air music festivals. An increased number of cars on the road means a greater chance of car accidents. In addition, there may be more people driving while under the influence of alcohol, are overtired, or who are distracted by their phones or other people in the vehicle.
- Increased sun glare: At certain times of the day, the sun can be particularly intense, making it very difficult to see because of the sun’s glare. Quality sunglasses can help, as well as taking alternate routes that do not involve driving directly into the sun. You may also consider altering your driving schedule to avoid the times when the sun is most blinding. Never try to continue driving when your visibility is compromised as it will increase your chances of being involved in a crash.
- More teen drivers: In the warmer months, more teen drivers are on the roads as they head to parties at their friends’ home, to the mall, the beach, or any other destination where teens typically congregate. Unfortunately, teens are inexperienced drivers, and they are more likely than older drivers to talk on the phone or text while driving, which greatly increases their chance of being involved in a wreck.
- Increased number of pedestrians and cyclists: Not surprisingly, with the warmer, sunnier days, more pedestrians and bicyclists are sharing the roads with cars. It is particularly important to pay attention to other people and vehicles, as a pedestrian or cyclist will likely suffer much more serious injuries in an accident than someone who is in another car.
- More construction zones. After the winter months, it is often necessary to repair roads that have potholes and other damage. Construction work zones usually have reduced speed limits and can often require quick lane changes. Always slow down when approaching a construction zone and pay close attention to the road at all times.
- Wear and tear to your vehicle. If you have an older car or you have recently had issues with your vehicle, have your car serviced before the summer months as the sun and heat can increase the risk of certain issues like overheating, tire blowouts, and problems with the engine.
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