If you haven’t noticed, Spring is almost here! This is an exciting time of year as the days start getting longer and the weather gets warmer, we have more outdoor activities to look forward to. Unfortunately, this also means an increase in the likelihood of becoming injured. Believe it or not, there is a direct correlation between the weather getting warmer and an increase in accidents, according to the National Library of Medicine. These are the most common types of personal injury cases we see during Spring.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
Warmer weather is perfect for a nice walk or bike ride outside. It’s great for your health to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, but always remember to stay vigilant. Even if you keep to the sidewalk, that doesn’t always mean you won’t be hit. Keep your eyes up and make sure to survey your surroundings often. Consider leaving your headphones at home; they distract from oncoming vehicles. While drivers have a responsibility to watch for pedestrians and cyclists, we can avoid many accidents by staying vigilant and following proper traffic rules.
Bicyclists should ride with the flow of traffic, use bike lanes when available, and avoid riding on sidewalks when possible. Pedestrians should also follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals, which are there to prevent injuries. If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from vehicles as possible.
Slip & Falls
Warmer weather also means an increase in humidity. While you may not be able to feel the humidity growing outside, inside, the moisture coming in through vents can even affect the floors of retail stores, restaurants, gyms, and other places of business. Don’t wait for a wet floor sign to be cautious of potential hazards.
Springtime also brings a significant amount of rainfall. Slippery parking lots and sidewalks are no joke. As mentioned in our previous blog, falls are the number one cause of emergency room visits.
Car accidents happen all year round, but increased activity due to warmer weather, rainy conditions, and Spring Break travels make for an increased likelihood of car accidents during this time of year. Spring Break also brings the additional risk of motorists driving under the influence.