We are fast approaching the first day of Spring, which comes with longer days and warmer weather. The transition from Winter to Spring brings with it a mixed bag and associated safety concerns when driving on the streets, roads, and highways in and around Berks County and Schuylkill County, as well as the adjacent counties of Lancaster, Lebanon, and Montgomery. Springtime weather differs throughout the United States, and driving conditions do as well. American Automobile Association spokesman Andrew Gross has stated that “The things you’re looking out for in one state might be different than in another.” However, according to the Traffic Safety Resource Safety Center (TSRC), no matter where you live, in the Springtime, there is an increased likelihood for you to encounter potholes, sun glare, motorcycles, bicyclists, children playing outside, wildlife activity, and frequent rainstorms. Car and truck drivers need to be prepared for these conditions.

To further support the communities we serve, the personal injury lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C., want to help by sharing all-important safety tips for Spring Driving from the American Association for Retired People (AARP). The following list of recommendations is provided by the AARP to help keep you and your family safe as we transition from Winter to Spring:   

– Check your tires to make sure that they have sufficient tread depth so that they will channel away water during drives on the road during stormy and rainy weather and also make sure that they are properly inflated.

– Check your windshield wipers to make sure that they are up to snuff and able to properly clear muddy road spray from other cars.

– Slow down on slick roads. Spring is known to be the time of year when a wintery mix is likely, and rainstorms are frequent. Give yourself distance between the cars, trucks, and buses in front of you so that you have sufficient time to safely stop should you need to do so.

– Avoid potholes and go around them if it is safe to do so.

– Avoid driving through large puddles if it is safe to do so.

– Be on the lookout for small children who are much more likely to be outside playing.

– Check weather forecasts before heading out for longer drives.

The attorneys at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C., are concerned for the safety and well-being of car, vehicle, and tractor-trailer drivers throughout the region and the state of Pennsylvania, and serve auto, motorcycle, and truck accident victims and their families in Reading, PA, Pottsville, PA, and throughout Central and Eastern, Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia. Our experienced legal team handles injury claims, including claims for serious injury and death caused by the negligence of other motor vehicle operators. The firm also handles nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases.

From the desk of Adam K. Levin, Esquire

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