It will soon be spring and the clocks will be moving forward but what does this mean for road users and members of the public?
For many it will feel like it’s been a longer winter than normal this year and, as covid restrictions are lifted, more people will want to get out and about, which in turn can mean that more accidents are likely to occur. In fact, according to a recent study, it has been reported that there is usually a 6% rise in accidents occurring from when the clocks go forward in March.
Here is a little bit of advice to keep yourself and others safe as we come into spring:
Firstly, there may be a lot of fresh potholes that will have formed over the winter months. Potholes can cause many accidents, whether it’s damage to your vehicle or even to yourself. Be wary when you are walking as you may find yourself stepping down and taking a tumble.
When the weather is warmer, this also means there are likely to be a lot more pedestrians and cyclists out and about, including many young children. You need to be extra wary when driving, making sure you keep your eyes firmly on the road and looking out for the more vulnerable road users, like cyclists and pedestrians.
Another thing to be considered is that there will be a lot more people walking with their dogs, some may not be on a lead and in some cases you could be bitten. If you are a dog owner, you should ensure that your dog is under control at all times, to prevent any incidents occurring.
Finally, beer gardens - who doesn’t want to sit outside in the sun enjoying a fresh beverage? We all like to enjoy ourselves in the summer months but please do try to drink responsibly to avoid being injured as a result of slips and falls or to avoid becoming involved in alcohol-fuelled confrontations which can result in physical violence.
These are just a few potential scenarios to be aware of as we all enjoy having a little bit more sunshine in our lives, although if we all take responsibility for our own actions they can easily be avoided and we can simply relish the prospect of enjoying a more social spring/summer this year.
Please note that if you do happen to find yourself involved in an unfortunate accident and you have been injured then rest assured we are here to assist you. We have an experienced personal injury team that deals with all types of accident claims so please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0161 696 6235 and one of our advisors will be able to discuss and assess your claim further.