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The Dangers of Driving in the Fall SeasonBy Pyle Law, October 18 2021 8:00 am
Some dangers of driving come with the changes of the season and this can increase the risk of accidents happening. As the summer shifts into the fall, temperatures drop and in many regions, increased rain comes along the fall season. Below, we explore the new driving risks that can emerge as a result of autumn. If you have been in a car accident, contact an attorney in your area. Discuss options on your case, as you may be entitled to damages.
Come late September, we begin to feel the effects of autumn. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) advises that weather events like air temperature and humidity, wind speed, fog, pavement condition, and water levels all impact the safety of the road. The temperature of the pavement is a factor in fall weather that causes traffic risks that often go unnoticed. When the roads cool overnight, and it warms quickly in the morning, fog will obscure the road.
When driving in light precipitation or fog, visibility for drivers is reduced. This can impact accident risk, traffic speed, and also the ability of drivers to control their vehicles. When drivers are unable to see as far, as usual, can delay the ability to stop. Which can also cause accidents.
Accidents as a result of weather conditions are increasingly common as the fall weather takes over summer. Then, with winter comes additional risks which can further deteriorate road conditions and make it more dangerous to drive. With the changing conditions of the weather, it is essential that drivers are attentive to the roads. Keep in mind the limitations that weather conditions might impose on their driving as they operate their motor vehicles.
Weather-related crashes kill an average of 5,000 people each year and injure an additional 400,000 more. Of the many weather-related crashes that occur each year, 70% of them happen when there are wet weather conditions, and 46% of these accidents happen during active rainfall. When warm weather fronts hit cold weather fronts, as your local meteorologist will tell you, rain and wet road conditions are sure to follow. When this happens, drivers must exercise additional caution to ensure that the limitations placed upon their visibility and ability to stop do not adversely impact their driving and cause accidents.
If you have an accident in the fall as a result of weather conditions like rain, sleet, snow, or fog, you may be entitled to damages if another driver was at fault. You should always seek the compensation you deserve with the right legal help. Connect with Pyle Law to schedule a free consultation about a possible case.