Watch Those Falling Leaves!
Fall is quickly coming upon us. While wrapping up in a sweater can be cozy, and watching the foliage change colors is beautiful, fall also has certain dangers lurking around—especially for drivers out on New England roads.
What Autumn Hazards Are We Talking About, Here?
Falling leaves, for one, present many dangers. They can cover the lines on the road, create slippery conditions (particularly when the leaves are wet), and even cover up potholes. When leaves are falling they can also stick to windshields, blocking a driver’s field of vision. When there are many of them it’s easy for drivers to lose control of their cars and veer into other vehicles.
It’s not just leaves that present hazards to drivers this time of year. Rain is also problematic. It can pick up lingering oil and dust, mix with them, and flow onto the road. This makes the wet asphalt or pavement extra-slippery. Drive a car too fast through it, and you’ve got a very dangerous situation.
With the cooler weather comes fog, which can greatly reduce drivers’ ability to see, causing them to run into pedestrians, cyclists, or other vehicles. And when that cool weather brings in frost overnight, it creates icy patches on the road, particularly on bridges, overpasses, and shady areas.
How Can Drivers Stay Safe in Fall?
- Use your eyes. This pretty much goes without saying, but if you can see a hazard coming up, you’re much more likely to avoid the hazard, crash, and ensuing damages.
- Slow down. Slowing down makes it easier to navigate slippery streets, and provides more time for drivers to stop when needed.
- Give as much space as possible. Slippery conditions, or poor visibility, can make it difficult to stop in time to prevent a crash. When there is enough space to stop, there’s also often enough time to stop.
Just remember, driving in fall can be more hazardous than you think, so take the time to prepare!
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, and you believe another driver is at fault, call DiBella Law Offices, P.C., at (781) 262-3338. We know many accidents could have been prevented if people were more attentive to road and weather conditions. If another driver failed to do so and you suffered serious injuries as a result, we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.