Temperatures have risen. The grass is turning green. Days are longer.
No doubt, spring can be a beautiful time of the year in West Virginia. It can also be hazardous to drivers and other people using the roads. Here are a few reasons why.
Roads need work
Many winters in this part of the country feature snow and ice. They often lead to potholes and other forms of wear and tear that cause damage to a car and even play a role in some accidents.
Animals and people emerge
Just as people emerge from winter to partake in outdoor activities, animals step up their game (sometimes to mate). They are more likely to roam and dart across roads. Moreover, this activity frequently takes place at times of the day such as sunrise and sunset, where drivers’ visibility is not terrific.
Speaking of people emerging, you have probably noticed more cyclists on the roads and sidewalks lately. Walkers, too. Either group on the road with distracted or new drivers may make for bad results. If you are a motorcyclist, you may also be at risk for a springtime injury.
Melting snow may cause flooding
Luckily, flooding is not a concern every year. However, if the winter has been especially snowy, the accumulated snow can flood roads as it melts. Wet pavement gives cars less time in which to brake, and large puddles reduce traction. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation says that weather plays a role in about 22 percent of vehicle crashes, with most occurring on wet surfaces and in rainy conditions.
Other spring weather poses dangers
Speaking of weather, spring rains can be notorious for causing problems. The same goes for hail.
If you were in some type of car accident, whether in springtime or another time of the year, an attorney can help you determine if seeking compensation would be a good idea.