The nice weather that comes with the summer season means that people tend to spend most of their days outdoors. This bustle may also be seen on Toronto roads, which inadvertently may lead to a spike in auto accidents. So, it is of the utmost importance that you practice driver safety during these summer months. Follow along to find out the most common summer driving safety hazards and how a proficient Toronto car accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you in navigating them.
What are the most common summer driving safety hazards?
Summer is the most popular time for construction to get done, for motorcyclists and bicyclists to hit the road, and for pedestrians to enjoy the outdoors. Though these may not seem like harmless activities at face value, they may grow dangerous if anyone acts negligently. Without further ado, the most common summer driving safety hazards are as follows:
- Construction zone accidents:
- Drivers do not slow down when they are proceeding through a construction zone.
- Construction workers do not put up the proper warning signs or barricades between a construction zone and incoming traffic.
- An object from a construction zone falls onto incoming traffic.
- Motorcycle accidents:
- Motorcyclists weave in between lanes when there is traffic.
- Drivers do not check their blind spots for motorcyclists before turning, merging, or changing lanes.
- Bicycle accidents:
- Bicyclists do not maintain the bike lane and veer into the car lane.
- Drivers do not check their rearview mirror for bicyclists before opening their car door.
- Pedestrian accidents:
- Pedestrians do not wait for a traffic signal to indicate that they may cross an intersection.
- Drivers do not detect pedestrians crossing an intersection due to inadequate street lighting.
How can I practice driver safety this summer?
You must do your part in practicing an abundance of care when getting behind the wheel. Examples of best practices for driver safety during the summer are as follows:
- Do not drive if you have consumed alcohol or partaken in drugs, even if you believe you are still functioning properly.
- Do not drive with the music blasting, even if you believe you are still cognizant of your surroundings.
- Do not drive with too many passengers in your vehicle, even if you believe you can still focus on the road.
- Do not ignore any of the posted traffic signs or signals, even if you believe you are the only one on the road.
But if you still find yourself as the victim of a car accident, then you may want to consider your legal options. If a personal injury claim is something that you wish to kickstart today, then retain the services of a talented Toronto auto accident lawyer from Merricks Law Group, P.A. We await sitting down with you at your initial consultation.