Many people associate autumn and winter with dangerous road conditions, but according to theU.S. Department of Transportation, spring is one of the most hazardous seasons for drivers. With the warmer months comes rain, changes in daylight hours and increases in animal activity.
Unfortunately, many drivers ignore these dangers and cause accidents. If you or a loved one was the victim of a negligent motorist in Florida, contact the Law Offices of Needle & Ellenberg, P.A.
A Miami accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages. Call 305-290-1736 to schedule a consultation, and visit http://accident.usattorneys.com/florida to learn more about car accident claims in Florida.
Here are seven dangers to avoid when driving in the spring:
1. Rain and Flooding
As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” but those showers can also cause car accidents if drivers speed. Be sure to reduce your speed on wet roads. You should also test your tread and replace your tires if necessary. Be aware of puddles that can cause you to hydroplane, and increase your following distance.
The likelihood of a hailstorm increases in the spring. In addition to damaging the body of your vehicle, hail can also make the roads particularly dangerous.
Fortunately, Florida is less prone to hail than central states, but you should be prepared for the worst. Reduce your speed if it starts to hail, and increase your following distance.
3. More Sunshine and Change in Daylight Hours
The change in daylight hours and increase in sunshine catches many drivers off guard. TheAAA reminds readers that driving toward the sun can reduce their ability to see oncoming hazards. When driving in the early and late hours of the day, wear polarized sunglasses, and use your visor.
4. Increased Animal Activity
Some animals become more active in the spring. If you intend to drive out of the city, be aware that animals may cross your path at any time. Avoid driving at dusk and dawn.
5. Winter Wear and Tear
Even a mild winter can leave potholes in the roads. Watch out for rough patches and road construction zones.
6. Motorcyclists and Cyclists
Motorcycles and bicycles are smaller vehicles and are therefore difficult to see. Adding to the danger, many riders have not been on the road for several months, so they may not be alert.
Children tend to be more active in the spring. Be sure to reduce your speed and stay vigilant in residential zones and around schools. Keep a look out for teens who are paying attention to their cell phones rather than the traffic.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Florida, contact the Law Offices of Needle & Ellenberg, P.A. A Miami personal-injury lawyer will evaluate your case and determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call 305-290-1736 to schedule a consultation.