Changes of Seasons from Winter to Spring Can Bring Dangerous Driving Conditions

Now that winter is behind us, the spring season is in full swing. Although many people believe favorable weather conditions and warmer temperatures lead to improved driving conditions compared to the freezing winter months, there are several hazards associated with spring that result in car accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.

The following are common reasons why spring driving is dangerous:

  • Spring showers – When the rain starts to fall, the roads become slippery and sleek since the rainwater mixes with oil, grease, and other contaminants on the asphalt, it can be difficult to properly maneuver a vehicle. Rain is the most common cause of weather-related car accidents due to wet road conditions. Whenever you drive in the rain, travel slower than usual and increase your stopping distance between you and other vehicles.
  • Potholes – The inclement weather during winter can take an immense toll on the road, causing potholes to form. Driving over them, especially at high speeds, can lead to damage to your car and even collisions. Do your best to avoid potholes. If you can’t due to traffic conditions, then reduce your speed when driving over them.
  • More pedestrians – From children playing to adults exercising, favorable weather conditions are associated with an increase in foot traffic, especially in residential neighborhoods and busy areas. Whenever you drive near heavy foot traffic, slow down and be mindful to pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • More motorcycles – While motorcycles are faster and smaller compared to passenger vehicles, they lack the protection afforded to drivers. Motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic and life-threatening injuries. Whenever motorcycles are on the road, be mindful of where they’re going and increase your following distance to give them plenty of space to ride.
  • Animals – Whether it’s waking up from hibernation or entering mating season, there is a significant increase in animal activity in the spring, meaning they will likely cross the roads more than ever.

If you have suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in Montana, contact our experienced legal team at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC today and request a free consultation.