As the weather warms up in spring, people take to the outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and spring air. As you take up activities such as cycling, dog-walking, and even just going for a drive on a pleasant spring day, make sure to always be aware of your surroundings and to keep to all safety measures in order to prevent injury to yourself or others. Here are a few ways you can make sure to stay safe and out of a lawsuit this spring.
It can be tempting to relax on a nice, sunny day as you go for a drive–even a short drive–and sing along to your favorite song on the radio. The problem is that as you bask in the newly-sunny weather (from within your car), you can allow yourself to become distracted. Distracted driving is never a safe activity and can cause you to drive through stop signs or red lights, or to be unaware of a car making a turn. This kind of driving leads to accidents, and you would likely be at fault. There is nothing wrong with going for a drive to enjoy the weather and the beautiful springtime scenery–just make sure you stay alert to the rules of the road as you do so!
The smell of freshly mowed grass might beckon you outdoors to get some exercise on your bicycle. Cycling is an excellent activity that allows you to enjoy the springtime air while getting in some exercise. However, just as drivers can become distracted, cyclists can become distracted too. This is the case whether you are on a motorcycle or a bicycle. As a cyclist, you must remember that you need to follow the rules of the road just as drivers do. If you don’t signal your turns or stop at red lights, you can be the cause of an accident, which is a common cause of lawsuits during the spring. Drivers always need to be careful of cyclists, but the onus is not only on the drivers. Cyclists need to be careful and respectful of drivers, as well. As long as you follow all the rules of the road, you will be able to enjoy your cycling and stay safe, too!
With the nicer weather comes more opportunity for walking your dog multiple times a day. You both want to get out and enjoy the sun, and your dog might get excited! During the Covid-19 pandemic, many families purchased or adopted puppies and those puppies need to learn not to bite others as they go out into the world (with their leash in your hand, of course). Dog bites can lead to lawsuits and consequences for the owner, so not only is it better for the dog not to become a biter, it is better for you. There are many strategies for teaching puppies not to grow up into biters. If you have a dog of any age, even one that has never bitten anyone before, make sure you keep it leashed while you are out and that you are careful about letting others interact with it. Pay attention to its mood and health. Animals can be unpredictable, especially if they are not feeling well.
As long as you make safe choices, you will be able to enjoy the sunny weather without getting entangled in a lawsuit this spring. If you find yourself becoming seriously injured by these or any other incidents, we at Goldberg and Chase Law can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your damages.