For Marylanders, the spring is an exciting time of year. Gone are the days of bundling up and shoveling your car out, replaced with blooming flowers and spending more time outside. However, warm weather isn’t the only thing this season brings. Unfortunately, there are many spring safety hazards that can impact residents, and knowing how to proceed with the help of personal injury attorneys in Baltimore County is crucial. Keep reading to learn the most common risks and what to do if hurt.
What Are Common Spring Safety Hazards?
Though spring brings about more sunlight and longer days, this can increase the risk of car accidents. Because the sun is out for longer periods of time, this makes drivers more susceptible to angles that cause a blinding glare. As such, they may not see the car in front of them braking or that a pedestrian is in the middle of a crosswalk.
On the opposite end, the increase in rain during warmer months also poses a risk. When there is more rain, the likelihood of flooding becomes higher. As a result, drivers may be more likely to hydroplane and crash with other vehicles. Similarly, rain may wash debris on the road, which can cause accidents as drivers try to avoid hazards.
Aside from vehicle collisions, the spring also brings about higher chances of premises liability accidents. One of the most common that occur is when parents bring their children to playgrounds. If it is in a public park, the municipality is responsible for upkeep and ensuring the equipment is safe. However, children may become injured on broken or improperly installed playground equipment.
What Should I Do if I’m Injured?
If injured as a result of these common spring safety hazards, it’s essential to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself in case you proceed with a lawsuit The most important thing you should do is receive medical attention as soon as possible. This includes contacting emergency services and receiving treatment from the emergency medical technicians. If you believe you can wait, you still must see your regular doctor as soon as possible.
You should also take photos and videos of the accident scene, including the damage to your property and any injuries sustained. You should also take pictures of the conditions, such as a wet road, blinding sun, or rusted playground equipment.
Finally, you’ll want to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. At the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi, our legal team will work tirelessly to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances when you’re injured by the negligence of another party. Contact us today to learn more about how our firm can help you.