Spring. The season where flowers bloom all around, the temperature is warmer from the cold winter yet very comfortable and school is just around the corner. These are usually some of the things that we think of when we think of Spring, but that is not all that takes part of the fresh and colorful season. Although this is all we would want to think about - quite understandably so - there are many car accidents that occur during the months of Spring. Why is this so?
As this article will demonstrate, there are three important factors to look for during Spring that can cause an increase of car accidents. After reading this section, you will gain a broader scope of understanding of why it is very important to maintain an open eye and be completely focusing when taking the important task of driving.
During the first several months of the year, there are many different and possibly dangerous weather conditions that may impose a threat to the safety of drivers. One of these weather conditions that is very prominent during the spring are tornadoes and thunderstorms. As some of you reading this may remember, there were a series of tornadoes that hit Fort Worth in the early 2000s. Such was the ferocity of these tornadoes, that one entered Downtown Fort Worth and caused massive amounts of damage to buildings. Due to the fact that the strong winds of the tornado shattered windows and sent thousands of building materials flying in the downtown, there were many vehicles that were damaged because of impacts from building material, office supplies (such as heavy computers), and debris from inside the tornadoes.
Similarly, severe thunderstorms must be placed on the lookout for a variety of reasons. Like tornadoes, thunderstorms can generate heavy winds and can cause hail damage to many vehicles. Furthermore, the flooding that can come from a thunderstorm can cause rainwater to enter the inside of vehicles, which in turn can cause damage to the vehicle’s electronics, engine, and upholstery. This can cause a vehicle to dramatically lose its value and generate thousands of dollars of expenses to repair the vehicle.
In the spring, there are thousands of new drivers on the road. Mostly seen in drivers who have just earned their driver’s license, these drivers are both new and unexperienced to the world of driving and the different environments and situations that can arise from the road. While drivers who have been on the road for quite a few years and know the “ins” and “outs” of what to look out for, new drivers typically do not hold the same expertise as other drivers may hold.
By the same token, teenage drivers may do dangerous driving decisions, such as texting and driving, driving with the music too high, or getting distracted from their friends - all of which can result in a car wreck. Driving is a very important responsibility, and while some new drivers take the responsibility very seriously, there are other new drivers that do not think about the long term effects of driving. As the next section will discuss, new and teenage drivers can pose a danger in one of the most anticipated school holidays: Spring Break.
Considered to many students and alumni as the needed vacation during school, Spring Break means that there are hundreds of thousands of students who have an entire week off from school. Many of these students go on vacation, such as those who are in school from Pre-K to the 12th grade in high school, and many visit their families, such as students who are in college. Going back to the topic of new drivers, there is an increased wave of students who get on the road, whether to go on the beach or to the mall, and have their friends accompany them wherever they go. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it can turn into a dangerous endeavor when friends negatively influence (peer pressure) their friends into doing harmful tasks, such as speeding, not following road safety rules, or drinking and driving (which is illegal, dangerous, and irresponsible).
Furthermore, there may be a lack of adult supervision around these students, which may make it easier to make these bad decisions. However, it is important to stress that Spring Break is not a bad holiday. In fact, it can be a time of relaxation and time well spent with one’s family. It is the decisions that can be taken while driving that can lead to negative results to the driver and passengers of a vehicle who is speeding or is being driven by an intoxicated driver.
Be Prepared of Car Accidents in Spring
Being in a car accident during the spring can be a difficult, irritating, and time-consuming task. This is why it is important to have a legal team you can trust in the case of a car accident. Contact the Anderson Law Firm if you have been injured in a car accident caused by any one of the previously mentioned factors, or if you want more information regarding car accidents and compensation. Our legal team will be more than happy to take your call and answer any of the questions you may have, so please do not relent in contacting us at 817-717-4731. We have offices located in Fort Worth, Dallas, Keller, and Arlington, and we can schedule a free, no obligation consultation today!