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How to Prevent Autumn Car Accidents 

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Posted on September 1, 2021

Drivers encounter new hazards when the season changes from summer to fall. Various challenges present themselves that you didn’t experience during the summer. Most people believe the winter months are the most dangerous time of the year for driving. However, you can face adverse conditions during autumn, such as heavy rainfall and poor road conditions.

Drivers know they need to obey all traffic laws and maneuver around other vehicles carefully to avoid a crash. It’s critical to focus on the task at hand. Don’t allow an incoming text or passenger to distract you from the road ahead. Pay attention to the motorists around you. If someone’s speeding or tailgating you, maintain distance between your cars.

Below are some tips you can use to prevent car accidents during the fall.

Be Aware of Child Pedestrians

When autumn arrives, kids go back to school. Whenever you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, pay attention to child pedestrians. Many have to walk to and from school or the bus stop. That means some need to cross the street at some point. Sharing the road with pedestrians means drivers must yield when necessary.

If you’re in a rush to get to work in the morning, you might exceed the speed limit. Driving fast prevents you from slowing down or stopping for kids already in a crosswalk. If you become distracted, your car could drift off the road and onto the sidewalk.

Look for Environmental Hazards

Dangerous conditions can result from environmental factors. Be on the lookout for leaves in the middle of the road. Sometimes, they hide hazards, such as tree branches, potholes, and large rocks. If you drive directly over them, you could lose control of your car.

The roads also become slippery after it rains. Exceeding the speed limit or taking a turn too fast could cause your vehicle to skid off the road or into oncoming traffic.

Maneuver Through Traffic Carefully

An increase in traffic typically occurs when summer ends. In the summer, many people take vacations, visit family, or spend their time at the pool or beach. Residents must go home eventually, leading to heavy traffic. School is also back in session, so more busses and parents are on the roadways dropping off kids at school.

Don’t become distracted when you’re behind the wheel. Distraction and inattention are among the most common reasons car accidents occur. If you’re not paying attention to your surroundings, you won’t notice a hazard directly in front of you or if traffic comes to a standstill.

Maintain Your Vehicle

You should regularly bring your car in for routine maintenance anyway. But in the autumn, you need to top off your fluids, get your tires rotated, and replace recalled parts. You should also immediately address damage or issues you notice with your vehicle. If you drive a car with a defective part, such as faulty brakes, you could lose control and collide with a nearby driver.

Slow Down for Dangerous Conditions

If you encounter defective roadways or poor weather conditions, adjust your speed accordingly. Heavy rain can lead to flooding. If you exceed the speed limit, you could hydroplane. There isn’t much you can do when that happens except ride it out and hope you don’t crash into another vehicle, ditch, or tree.

Strong winds can also cause problems for motorists. It can push you all over the road and make it more challenging to direct your vehicle where you want it to go. If you slow down and proceed with caution, it’s easier to maintain control and avoid drifting into someone else’s lane.

Remain Cautious While Driving at Night

Every fall, the end of Daylight Saving Time requires everyone to turn their clocks back one hour. That means it starts getting dark much earlier than usual. Many people don’t leave work and get on the road until after the sun goes down. Night-time drivers might feel exhausted or in a rush to run some errands before going home, increasing the risk of an accident.

You may encounter limited visibility if you have to drive at night. You should turn on your headlights so you can see where you’re going, read traffic signs, and maneuver away from hazards on the road.

Speak to an Experienced Lawyer from Caffee Law

At Caffee Law, we understand the challenges you face following a car accident. You’re in pain, trying to recover, and struggling to pay your medical bills. The last thing you want to deal with is an insurance claim or lawsuit.

We can take on the responsibility and handle every step on your behalf. Your primary focus should be on healing your injuries so you can put this traumatic experience behind you.

If another person’s negligent actions caused your injuries in a car accident, call Caffee Law at (206) 312-0954 today. We can discuss the incident during a free consultation and advise you about your available legal options. You can depend on our legal team to fight hard for the justice and compensation you deserve.