With spring just around the corner, many people are relieved that winter
driving is coming to an end. Although you may think the roads are finally
safe once more, there are several driving hazards to be mindful of throughout
The following are common driving dangers to keep an eye out for this spring:
Spring showers – Rain makes the roadways slippery since the rainwater mixes with
contaminants on the road, thus reducing your car’s maneuverability
and increasing the distance required to stop. Additionally, spring showers
may result in flooding. Whenever you driver in the rain, make sure you
drive slower than usual and keep your headlights on.
Potholes – The extreme freezing weather of winter can take a toll on road
conditions, causing large potholes. When the rain arrives, it can be difficult
to detect them. Driving over a pothole, especially at high speeds, can
result in punctured tires, bent rims, damage to the suspension, misalignment,
and even damage to the exhaust system. Never swerve to avoid a pothole.
Instead, gently brake prior to driving over one, if possible.
Animals – Whether they’re waking up after hibernating throughout the
winter or they’re in the middle of mating season, animal activity
increases when the weather gets warmer in the spring. This could result
in an increase of animals crossing streets and roaming through neighborhoods.
If you live in an area that experiences frequent deer crossings, remember
they are most active at dawn and dusk.
Pedestrians – As temperatures rise, more people will enjoy the outdoors. However,
with an increase in pedestrians and cyclists on the road, drivers must
slow down when driving through neighborhoods and pay additional attention
to intersections and crosswalks.
Motorcyclists – Since motorcyclists are smaller and faster compared to passenger
vehicles, failure to check your blind spots can lead to a collision with
one of them. Since motorcycles also lack the amount of protection from
other vehicles, a crash can result in catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Always watch out for motorcyclists and be courteous.
If you have suffered an injury in a
car accident caused by a negligent driver in New York,
request a free consultation with our New York City personal injury attorneys at
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today.