After the snow and ice of winter, many drivers feel that the worst is over when it comes to road conditions. Despite the warm weather and sunshine, however, the springtime introduces a new set of safety hazards for drivers everywhere. The car accident attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley know firsthand how spring weather conditions can cause terrible injuries and fatalities. The large number of spring driving accidents occur due to changes in the weather, and other factors that are unique to this time of year.
“Many drivers underestimate road conditions in the springtime, which can lead to tragic consequences,” says Scott Mann, car accident attorney.
“There is an increase of severe inclement weather in the spring. There are more rain showers, thunderstorms, hail, and flooding. More water on the ground usually results in slippery road surfaces, which can lead to more auto accidents.”
According to the Federal Highway Administration, rainfall was directly responsible for 46 percent of weather-related auto accidents between 2002 and 2012. Slippery road surfaces due to rain and flooding greatly hinder your ability to operate a vehicle. Water decreases the traction of tires, which results in problems stopping and the risk of hydroplaning across the road.
Roads in general are also in worse shape after the winter season. Due to damage caused by snow plows, sand, salt, and ice, roads and highways in the spring often have new potholes that weren’t there before. The warmer weather of spring also results in more animals, bicycles, runners, and pedestrians on the road. Motorists need to be on the lookout for deer and cyclists — especially at dusk and dawn when visibility is low.
“Motorists during the springtime need to take precautions to better ensure their safety,” says Mike Wyatt, car accident attorney. “Make sure your headlights and wiper blades are working properly to increase visibility. Your tire pressure will also be low due to the cold winter temperatures, so make sure your tires are safely inflated. When it’s raining, decrease your speed so you can stop on time and avoid collisions.”
If you have been injured in an accident, please call the car accident attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley for a consultation. We are honored to serve your case!