Road hazards in South Dakota don’t end when summer gets here. In fact, summer hazards cause hundreds of accidents every year, some resulting in fatalities and severe injuries. The roads might look clear, but someone could still hit your vehicle if they’re not paying attention.
What are some summer road hazards?
When summer arrives, the Department of Transportation (DOT) takes advantage of the nice weather to start repairing the roads. During this time, it’s more important than ever to observe driver safety guidelines. If a motorist isn’t paying attention, they could veer off the road, run into equipment or even hit one of the workers. They could also hit someone else’s vehicle when they try to get out of the way.
On a similar note, potholes can pose a hazard for motorists. After winter, the number of potholes increases after months of bad weather. Many people hit potholes when they weren’t expecting to–and if they were driving at high speeds, they might lose control and go off the road. When you drive in the summertime, the hot weather could also make your engine overheat. If your car breaks down on the road, you might not be able to pull over in time before running into another vehicle.
Spring and summer tend to bring a lot of rain. When you’re driving through a rainstorm, you tend to have trouble seeing the road in front of you. The rain can also make the roads slick, increasing your risk of getting into an accident. Hail, strong winds and other weather events pose a major risk to drivers on the road.
These factors can all contribute to car accidents, but it’s still each driver’s responsibility to stay safe on the road. Call a personal injury attorney if you’re involved in a car accident.
Can bad road conditions absolve the other driver of fault?
If another driver hits your vehicle, they could be held responsible regardless of the situation. For example, a pothole might have caught them off guard, but it’s still their responsibility to drive safely and look out for dangers on the road. An attorney could help you pursue a case against the other driver.