Florida residents may not feel the changing of seasons as drastically as other parts of the country, particularly from winter to spring. However, there may still be noticeable differences on the roads, some potentially dangerous. Follow along to find out some tips for avoiding road hazards during the spring season and how a proficient Panama City auto accidents attorney at Manuel & Thompson, PA can help with the unavoidable ones.

What are tips to avoid road hazards seen in the spring season?

The smallest differences in your driving habits may make a big difference in protecting you from spring road hazards. Without further ado, we recommend that you consider the following tips before heading out onto Florida roads during this spring season:

  • Proceed with caution when traveling through wooded areas, to avoid any animals that may jump out onto the road.
  • Be mindful of sharing the road with motorcyclists and bicyclists and do not encroach on their designated lane.
  • Double-check for pedestrians standing at designated waiting areas or proceeding to walk on crosswalks.
  • See if you need to replace your windshield wipers to prepare for the season’s frequent rainfall.
  • Research affected areas of heavy rainfall, to avoid encountering flooded or debris-filled roads.
  • Refrain from speeding after light rainfall, to avoid hydroplaning on slippery roads.
  • Be sure to wear sunglasses to fight the sun’s glare after daylight savings time.
  • Make sure your tires are inflated at the correct pressure given the temperature change.

What should I do if I encounter any of these hazards on the road?

Even with adopting safe driving habits, you may still fall victim to a spring road hazard. In this case, you may strongly consider pursuing a personal injury claim. The first thing you must do for your legal claim is figure out who is to blame for your encounter with the hazard.

For example, you may find it to be the fault of a motorcyclist or bicyclist proceeding recklessly on the shared road (i.e., weaving in and out of traffic, riding outside a designated lane, etc). Or, you may accuse a pedestrian of failing to abide by the rules of the road (i.e., jaywalking, ignoring pedestrian traffic signals, etc). You may even blame a manufacturer or distributor for the faulty windshield wipers that caused temporary blindness during a rainstorm.

If you cannot pinpoint the exact at-fault party, your next step may be to consult with your legal representative. They may take your case from here. In fact, the best thing you can do to help yourself is to let one of the talented Panama City personal injury attorneys help you. So please, as soon as you are ready, reach out to us at Manuel & Thompson, PA.