The cold, rainy days and fallen leaves are enough to let people know that fall is finally here. However, people tend to forget that with the change of colors in the leaves comes an increase in dangerous road conditions. While this is one of the most popular seasons around the globe, it can also be one of the most dangerous seasons for drivers.
Some dangers that fall presents are slick roads, icy conditions, impaired vision due to fog, and longer hours darkness. These dangers are some of the major causes of fall accidents, so it’s important to understand how you can take the necessary precautions to reduce your risk of getting into an auto accident. Here are some tips a car accident lawyer may give drivers for a safe, autumn season.
Don’t Take Rain Lightly
Many drivers often disregard the rains potential to cause accidents, and those drivers are usually the ones who end up having to make a call to their car accident lawyer. Just because you feel like you will be fine as you speed during a rainstorm doesn’t mean you should, or that it’s safe. The rain, combined with colder temperatures, can result in extremely slippery roads. If you aren’t driving at a reasonable speed, you can find yourself hydroplaning, losing control of your vehicle, or not being able to break as quickly as needed.
In severe rainstorms, it is important for drivers to realize that they may not be able to see much of what’s in front of them, and wet roads make it all that more dangerous. That being said, drivers should reduce their speed in wet conditions to decrease their chances of an auto accident.
Extremely Foggy Conditions
Fog is another major reason drivers get into accidents. If you have to commute to work on a day where it is especially foggy, you should plan to leave earlier than usual. With limited vision, people will be driving more cautiously, leading to increased traffic. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should never turn on your high beams when driving through fog, as this can actually make it harder to see. Instead, use your low or fog beams to navigate through the fog.
Increased Sun Glare
During the fall, drivers are exposed to more intense sun glare. This is because all of the rain on the roads and windshields reflect the sun’s rays. It’s always a good idea to have sunglasses in your vehicle. That way, if you ever find yourself struggling to see through intense glare, you have them handy to help you avoid getting into an accident.
A car accident lawyer is bound to see just as many auto accident cases during the fall. A combination of extreme weather conditions and reckless driving is a sure way to result in an accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone’s reckless driving this fall, contact a car accident lawyer at Robert J. DeBry and Associates.