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The hazards that drivers face in autumn

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2020 | car accidents

Autumn is not necessarily a safer time for drivers in Indiana because it comes with unique hazards. The most obvious is that drivers will find themselves in the dark more often. Night driving is dangerous because one will have limited visibility, especially peripheral vision, poor depth perception and poor color recognition.

Glare, fog and leaves are other factors

If drivers are not traveling in the dark during their evening commute, they may head out at the very time when the sun is setting and producing glare. This can become more dangerous when the windshield has dirt streaks. Other hazards are fog and frost. Frost makes the road slippery, so drivers must slow down in these cases.

The road can become slippery in other ways that are natural in autumn. It may rain, for example, and the puddles may combine with dust and dirt to create a slick pavement. Falling leaves can become slick, hide potholes from view and cause some drivers to become inattentive as they gaze at their beauty.

Children and encounters with animals

In autumn, drivers need to become readjusted to traveling through active school zones. There’s also the danger of hitting a wild animal, especially a deer. Deer are seen more frequently at this time as November is mating season.

For those injured in a car accident

While autumn can pose a threat to drivers, most motor vehicle crashes are the result of negligent actions like speeding and distracted driving. If you were harmed by a negligent driver, you may be able to file a claim against his or her insurance company. In your effort to ensure a successful outcome, you may want a lawyer by your side to handle all negotiations.