Winter is already thawing in most of New York, but spring driving comes with its own dangers. In fact, according to the Road Weather Management Program, spring is one of the most dangerous seasons to drive. Hibernating animals wake up, people start enjoying outdoor activities, and rain can make road conditions hazardous.
These dangers are particularly heinous when combined with distracted driving. If you or a loved one was injured by a reckless or negligent driver, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP.
An injury lawyer in New York City can investigate your crash, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and structure your claim. You may be entitled to compensation to pay for lost wages, health-care bills and other damages.
Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about accident claims in New York by visiting the USAttorneys website.
Here are six tips that can help you avoid accidents this spring:
- Prepare for Ice
Ice may be more common in the winter, but temperatures can still plummet below freezing in the spring – especially at night. Do not become complacent when the weather warms. You should watch out for ice patches and reduce your speed when the temperature drops. Also, maintain a safe following distance so you have plenty of time to brake.
- Do Not Change Your Tires
It is important to keep your winter tires on until warmer temperatures stabilize. Late-season snow is common in many parts of New York.
- Be Ready for Changes in Daylight
The angle of the sun changes in the spring, and it sets and rises at different times. The American Automobile Association reminds drivers to be prepared for glare spots. You can reduce glare by cleaning your windshield and keeping your dashboard free of clutter.
- Watch for People
More people spend time outdoors when the weather warms. Many New Yorkers enjoy jogging, cycling, running or walking in the spring.
Be ready for this activity. Never use your cell phone behind the wheel because a momentary distraction can cause a serious accident. Also, maintain a slow speed in busy areas.
- Know the Danger of Soft Gravel
When snowmelts give way to new flowers and weeds, gravel shoulders become dangerous. The roots loosen the gravel and can cause your wheels to skip.
Do not veer off the road. If you cannot avoid it, then make sure you do not overcorrect. If you jerk the wheel, the spin may worsen and flip your vehicle.
- Be Alert in Rural Areas
Be cautious on rural roads where sand was used to cover ice. If the city or residents are no longer sanding the road, it can become slick. Also, remaining sand can wear down your tire tread, so if you live near these roads, check your tires regularly.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorists cannot control the actions of other drivers. If you were injured in a crash that another person caused, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP.
A New York City injury attorney can gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations. Our lawyers have more than 75 years of combined experience negotiating and litigating personal-injury claims. Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a consultation.