Be Weary of Driving Conditions in the Spring

As we progress into springtime, many individuals may think that the worst driving conditions are over. However, while the weather may include more sunny days in the next few months, spring also comes with its own dangers.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, our personal injury lawyers can investigate the scene to determine liability. While many at-fault drivers blame the weather – icy roads, fallen tree branches from windy days, heavy rains – it's still ultimately the driver’s responsibility to navigate the roads safely.

Common dangers associated with spring months include:

  • Reckless drivers: When drivers see that the roads are no longer icy, snowy, or containing other obstacles, they may feel more inclined to drive recklessly. Reckless driving can include swerving, tailgating, and speeding. Even when the weather is nice, drivers must still be alert and ready to act at any moment.
  • Drunk driving: The spring months also bring holidays like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and three-day weekends due to President’s Day and Memorial Day, which can create more celebratory situations involving alcohol. Be aware of how much you drink, and steer clear of other drivers behaving erratically.
  • Heavy rain: Spring weather across the United States typically brings heavy rain, which can impact a driver’s visibility. Water can collect on the road and cause cars to hydroplane. If you experience rainfall when driving, make sure to drive at safe speeds and be on the lookout for any puddles in the road.
  • More pedestrians and bicyclists: Nicer weather tends to bring out people outside for bike rides and walks around town. Pedestrians almost always have the right-of-way, so it’s important as a driver to watch out for those who are crossing the road. It can also be difficult to see people walking or biking at night.
  • Children playing: Be careful when driving through residential and school zones, as more children will be playing outside on sunny days. Children may also run into the road suddenly, or won’t use crosswalks.
  • Construction zones and crews: Agreeable weather will bring out construction workers to begin on roadside projects. When you approach a construction zone, slow down and be prepared to stop. 799 people were killed in work zone car accidents in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Trust Us in Your Time of Need

At Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C., our car accident lawyers can be relied on to give you a voice during your time of need. After a car accident that results in juries, it’s easy for victims to feel powerless in their situation. You may feel vulnerable and intimidated by the thought of going up against the at-fault driver and their insurance provider. We’re here to provide you with the support you need. Our attorneys have decades of demonstrated success, and have held countless individuals and companies liable for the accidents they caused.

Call Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. at (770) 629-0154, or contact us online if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver. Just because weather conditions create dangerous road hazards, doesn’t mean drivers aren’t still responsible for their actions. We have decades of experience in personal injury law and offer free consultations.