Spring has arrived in Kentucky. The trees are budding, grass is growing, people are starting to be outside more. Even though there is no ice or snow on the road, there are many factors in the spring which can cause an accident. It is important to stay alert on the road all year long.
Watch out for these four hazards during your springtime driving:
- Water on the road - You never know what is under the water when you are driving through a large puddle. Err on the side of caution when you see water on the road.
- Potholes - Now that freezing temperatures do not keep the ground hard, potholes form where the ground eroded away from the road. Try to avoid potholes because you could lose control of your vehicle and have an accident.
- Improperly maintained cars - Many people forget how hard winter weather can be on their autos. Tires, windshield wipers and brakes take a lot of abuse through the bad weather and should be checked in the spring.
- Allergy drugs - April showers bring May flowers and seasonal allergies. Some medications can affect your driving ability and slow down your reaction time.
Watch out for bicyclists and motorcyclists during good weather. On city streets, be aware that there may be more pedestrians on the road out walking their dogs.
Know what to do if you are in an accident
An auto accident can be very stressful, but when you know what steps to take after an accident, you can take care of yourself and your passengers. Seek medical attention first, then report the accident to the police. Try to get the names of any witnesses and take pictures of the scene. If your injuries are serious, you might want to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you have the best information about your insurance claim.