Warmer weather, longer days and growing plants can make spring a great time to go for a drive. However, while you don’t have to worry about ice and snow as often as the weather warms, spring can bring new hazards to Ohio roadways. What risks might you face in the spring?
Warm weather often means more people on the sidewalks and roadways.
We all enjoy warm weather, but more people enjoying the spring air means more cars on the road. It may also mean more people in sidewalks and crosswalks, giving people more information to manage as they drive.
Spring showers can create slippery conditions and glare.
Rain in the spring helps everything become green again. However, wet pavement or mud can make it more difficult for vehicles to maintain the traction they need to steer safely. Rain can also reflect sunlight or headlights and impact driver visibility.
New potholes may have developed over winter.
As pavement freezes and thaws, small cracks can become dangerous potholes. Not only can driving over these sections of road damage a vehicle, but they can also limit a driver’s ability to control their care while it moves.
Warm weather can increase animal activity.
As the weather warms, animals might become more active. Animals that hibernated over the winter are awake again, while others may be on the move to reach newly thawed water. Avoiding a collision with these animals often requires drivers to react quickly.
While driving defensively can help you protect yourself from these risks, some drivers may not take the same precautions. If a negligent driver harmed you or a loved one, you may want to explore your legal options. Our attorneys can help you get paid for your injuries.