Although winter has a reputation for being the most dangerous season to drive, the spring comes with its own hazards, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Changes in daylight hours can cause unexpected glares, and an increase in pedestrian and animal activity means more hazards on the road. When combined with distracted driving or negligence, these risks can be fatal.

A motion blur image of a speeding car

A motion blur image of a speeding car

If you were injured due to another driver’s reckless behavior, contact a Shreveport car accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, time off work and other damages. We can help you avoid mistakes such as settling for an amount that is less than what you deserve.

Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn how to avoid four common springtime accidents:

  1. Be Aware of Cyclists and Pedestrians

Spring is the perfect time of year to dust off the bicycle or sneakers. The increased temperatures attract more pedestrians and cyclists.

Drivers should be particularly vigilant in residential areas, as well as near schools and parks. Pedestrians always have the right of way.

If you are a jogger or cyclist, there are steps you can take to prevent an accident. Perhaps most important, wear brightly colored clothing and reflectors to alert drivers of your presence. This is critical at night.

  1. Watch out for Children

In the spring, more children will be enjoying outdoor activities. Longer daylight hours mean kids have more time to play in and near streets before the sun sets. Be vigilant when driving near schools and parks.

  1. Be Cautious in Inclement Weather

Although Louisiana is not known for dramatic snowfall and icy conditions, a late-season cold front can still be hazardous. Also, heavy rainfall can make roads slick.

Try to avoid driving in bad weather. If you must, then be cautious if you are travelling on unfamiliar roads. Program your GPS before you start the engine. Reduce your speed, and extend your following distance.

  1. Look out for Animals

Many animals hibernate or reduce their activity in the winter. They reemerge at the start of spring.

If you are taking a long journey – particularly on rural roads – then be prepared for increased animal activity. Keep an eye on the shoulders of the road. If you notice animals, then be particularly vigilant and reduce your speed.

Unfortunately, even the safest drivers cannot control the actions of other motorists. Distracted and reckless driving can be deadly in the spring.

If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent motorist, then you may have grounds for an injury claim against the at-fault driver. A Shreveport car accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC can evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.

March 24, 2016 | Categories: Auto Accidents, Safety Tips | Tags: , ,