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What to do about autumn driving hazards

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2020 | car accidents

Drivers in Indiana face threats to their safety every day, but they should be aware that the hazards differ from season to season. In autumn, for example, falling leaves may pose a distraction to some who are more intent on taking in the scenery than they are on driving. Leaves may also become slippery on the road. Autumn is a time of fog as well, which reduces visibility, and drivers can make matters worse by turning on the brights.

Dealing with the end of DST

Above all, autumn coincides with the end of daylight saving time. One may think that the extra hour of sleep will put concerns about drowsy driving to rest, but the fact is that any disruption of one’s sleep schedule produces drowsiness. Moreover, the days become shorter. Night driving is unsafe because darkness impairs:

  • Depth perception
  • Peripheral vision
  • Color recognition

Hitting a deer in November

In this state, 1 in 102 drivers who file an insurance claim have hit an animal. While the frequency does not compare to West Virginia’s rate, which is 1 in 38, it still raises a legitimate concern. In particular, November is deer mating season, so drivers should be extra cautious.

Additionally, the cooler weather will accelerate the reduction in tire pressure. If they are not properly pressurized, tires may not perform well on slippery surfaces or when braking.

Filing a claim against a negligent driver

Third-party insurance claims in the wake of motor vehicle crashes are not uncommon in an at-fault state like Indiana. The question is whether you can file such a claim and, if so, how much you might recover in damages. These are questions that a lawyer may be able to answer after a case evaluation. You may want a lawyer to help gather proof of the defendant’s negligence in order to make negotiations go more smoothly.