The ice is melting, the weather is warming up, and the sun is starting to shine a little brighter, which means spring is here! Many people see the start of spring as a time to celebrate the fact that the cold winter season is finally over. But sadly, a lot of people are not in a celebratory mood because they have sustained injuries in an unexpected accident. Protect yourself over the next few months by learning about the most common spring accidents and how to prevent them:
Car accidents can occur at any time, but they are especially common during the spring. This could be partly due to the increased number of travelers during the spring season. Many people travel by car, which means there will be more vehicles on the road and a greater chance of getting into an accident. Plus, a lot of people on the roads will be from out-of-town, so they won’t be familiar with the area. This means you should expect more drivers to slam on the brakes and drive slowly as they try to figure out exactly where they are going.
High school and college students also celebrate spring break during this time of year. Spring break is supposed to be a time for students to relax and prepare for the second half of their school semester. However, many students take this time to let their hair down and party, often by consuming alcohol. Because of this, it’s safe to assume that there could be more drunk drivers on the road over the next the next several months.
To protect yourself, it’s important to stay focused on the road at all times. Put away any distractions prior to starting the car so you can allocate all of your attention to the road ahead. It’s also important to always stay aware of your surroundings. This means paying attention to the drivers all around you instead of just those that are in front of you.
Now that the weather is warming up, there will probably be more bicyclists and pedestrians out on the streets. Unfortunately, this could also mean that there will be more accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
Motorists often have a hard time seeing pedestrians and bicyclists, which is one of the many reasons these accidents occur so frequently. For this reason, it’s best to wear reflective gear when riding a bike or walking at night. At all hours of the day, both pedestrians and bicyclists should always follow the rules of the road. For example, do not cross the street anywhere but at a designated crosswalk.
Pedestrians and bicyclists should also avoid using smartphones or any other electronic device while on the roads. Distracted walking and riding is just as dangerous as distracted driving, so put your phone away until you have reached your final destination. Following these tips will reduce your risk of being involved in a tragic accident with a motor vehicle.
Pedestrians and bicyclists aren’t the only ones who enjoy the warm weather—dog owners and their four-legged friends do, too. It’s much more enjoyable to walk a dog in the spring than it is in the winter, so expect to see more dogs out and about this time of year. This is especially true in residential areas where owners are more likely to take their dogs for a walk.
Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but they are still animals that are capable of hurting people. Because there are so many dogs out during the spring, there could be an increase in dog bites over the next several months as well.
Stay safe around dogs in your neighborhood by learning how to read their body language. A dog that appears to have a stiff posture is aggressive, whereas a dog with flattened ears that is in a crouched position is nervous or frightened. Dogs attack when they feel aggressive or scared, so if you see a dog in one of these positions, slowly back away without making any sudden movements.
Also, remember that dogs are very territorial. Don’t approach a dog when it is acting protective over its property—even if you only want to give it a pat on the head. You should never approach a dog that is walking on its own. If a dog is with its owner, always ask if it’s safe to pet the dog before reaching towards it.
Families often take vacations during the spring so they can spend time together and create fun memories. But unfortunately, many people who take trips during the spring season are injured in unexpected accidents. These accidents can happen anywhere, including airports, hotels, amusement parks, and cruise ships. You could slip on a puddle of water when walking through the airport, trip over something while at a hotel, or hurt yourself on a malfunctioning ride while at an amusement park. Regardless of the injury, it’s important to understand your rights when you are injured on someone else’s property.
Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain safe conditions on their properties at all times. If you were injured as a result of a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, the owner may be held liable.
But hopefully, you will not have to worry about taking legal action against a negligent property owner. To prevent these injuries, be sure to always watch your step and pay close attention to signs warning you of danger. You should also take the time to research the places you stay and visit while on vacation to ensure they are safe for your family.
Have you been injured in one of these springtime accidents? If so, contact Trial Lawyers for Justice today to schedule a consultation regarding your case. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will fight tirelessly to recover the compensation you deserve.