At the first sign of spring, we start making some lifestyle changes. The heavy winter clothing goes back in the closet for another year. If a destination is within walking distance, then the car stays home. Public parks become busier.
Like winter, however, spring has dangerous conditions. There are accidents that appear to occur or become more frequent once the warm weather hits. Below is an overview of the risks to watch out for while you enjoy the departure of the deep freeze.
Be careful on wet roads
When the mercury climbs, all the snow that accumulated along the streets and highways melts and pools on the pavement, creating a hazardous condition for motorists. When traveling on wet roads, refrain from using cruise control so that you remain in control of the vehicle speed at all times.
- Increase your following distance so that you can brake with less force.
- Avoid standing water. Not only can it cause you to hydroplane, but it can also hide potholes, debris, and other hazards from view.
Practice bicycle safety
Whether you’re renting a bike or using your own, don’t let spring fever cause you to relax your safety standards. Always wear a helmet and keep your head up so that you can see what’s coming and maneuver if necessary. Other bike safety tips include:
- Never let anyone share the bike with you unless it is a specially-designed two-seater. Traveling with unsecured passengers increases the risk of injury.
- If you are riding at night, then wear reflective gear so that you remain visible to motorists
- Keep your bicycle in good working order. Inspect the brake pads periodically and keep the chains clean and well-lubricated.
Watch for aggressive dogs
Dog owners like to take advantage of the spring temperatures by taking their canine companions for long and leisurely walks. In parks, they may even let their dogs off the leash. Whatever the situation, be alert for dogs running loose, some of which may not be friendly. To minimize the risk of a dog bite injury, never touch an unfamiliar animal.
Walk carefully around construction zones
Construction activity springs to life in and around New York after the snow disappears. So does roadwork and other outdoor activities involving heavy machinery, open pits, and falling objects. If you must walk near a work zone, then maintain a safe distance and remain alert for sudden hazards.
We hope that you enjoy the blue skies and warm breezes without incident, but if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, a New York personal injury attorney will fight to ensure that the parties who injured you are held accountable and compensate you to the extent that you deserve. If you or a loved one were injured, then contact attorney Jayson Lutzky’s office at 718-329-9500. He is a Bronx, NY accident and personal injury attorney. To learn more, visit www.mynewyorkcitylawyer.com.