It’s that time of year again when the days get longer and people start to spend more time outside. Most of us enjoy spring, but there are a few things we should keep in mind so that we not only enjoy the nice weather but also stay safe.
Most people like to get outside more in warm weather. We see more people walking, jogging, and bicycling during this time of year. So, as a driver it’s important to be vigilant and always keep an eye out for pedestrians and bicyclists. Also, there tend to be more people out and about on the roads at night during the warm months and there is a spike in intoxicated driving this time of year. Therefore, keep an eye out for erratic drivers.
If you like to walk, jog, or bike on the roads, it’s important to follow a few simple rules. First, if you are walking or jogging, always try and use walkways, if none exist and you have to use the roadway, try to do so against the flow of traffic. Keep your eyes on the road for any potential hazards such as approaching cars. Never look at your cell phone while on the road. It’s also a good idea to not wear headphones or earbuds while on the road. Hampering any of your senses including your hearing can lead to an accident.
If you decide to go biking, always do so with the flow of traffic. Stay as close to the curb as possible. Often, we see accidents when distracted drivers drift into the shoulder. To avoid an accident, try and stay as far to the right as possible.
There is also an abundance of potholes and broken roads this time of year. So, be alert to these potential issues as they pose a significant tripping hazard to pedestrians. Also, after the winter months, we often see an accumulation of sand and debris on the roads, this can also pose a risk to pedestrians and bicyclists.
When crossing the street, always use a crosswalk if available. If there is no crosswalk, make sure you cross the road at intersections with traffic control devices such as a traffic sign or traffic light. Always keep an eye out for all vehicles.
Remember, it is harder for drivers to see you at dawn and dusk. So, if you’re going out early in the morning or late in the afternoon, carry a light or attach one to your bicycle. It’s also a good idea to wear reflective clothing.
Steven Palermo is the managing partner for Palermo Law, Long Island’s Personal Injury Law Firm. He has been helping people receive compensation for their injuries for over 21 years. He focuses on cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents and slip and fall injuries.
His book The Ultimate Guide to Handling New York Car Accident Claims details the ins and outs of a car accident claim in a simple, easy-to-read manner.