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The most common driving hazards in autumn

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2020 | Personal Injury

Autumn driving comes with its own hazards here in Ohio, and drivers, especially inexperienced ones, need to be aware of them. For example, drivers need to remember that school zones are once again active in this season, so cars should not speed out of the parking lot once the school day is over.

The dangers of night driving

Some drivers may be anxious about driving at night, which becomes more common during the autumn with shorter days and the end of daylight saving time. Many people now find themselves in the dark during their evening commute. At night, one’s peripheral vision, color recognition and depth perception become compromised. Drivers could have a tough time deciphering road signs and judging other vehicles’ speed.

If drivers are not commuting in the dark, they may hit the sun just as it’s rising or setting. They can protect against the resulting glare by wearing sunglasses and keeping their windshield clean.

Deer, wet leaves and fog

November is deer mating season, and drivers are 3.5 times more likely to hit a deer in that month than at any other time. As the weather cools, fog may become a mainstay on the road, but drivers can navigate their way through it using fog lights. Lastly, leaves can pose a threat by becoming wet and slippery.

Legal advice for victims of negligence

In this state, victims of motor vehicle accidents can file a personal injury claim against the other driver if that other driver bears most of the fault for the crash. Drivers can become negligent in many ways, especially in the autumn weather, but it may take a lot of effort to prove negligence and achieve a fair settlement. You may want a lawyer to give you advice and guidance.