The pitfalls of driving in the autumn

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2020 | Personal Injury

Driving in the autumn in Texas comes with a number of pitfalls, such as the roads being slippery with frost or with wet foliage. Inexperienced drivers may fail to slow down and wipe out as a result; others who are tourists may stare at the beauty of the autumn scenery and lose sight of the road.

The end of daylight saving time

One of the greatest dangers is related to the end of daylight saving time. For many drivers, their evening commute will be in darkness after this time. It should be kept in mind that night driving is risky because the darkness compromises one’s peripheral vision, color recognition and ability to judge distances.

When DST ends, other drivers may commute back home just as the sun is setting. Without sunglasses and a clean windshield, they will have to contend with glare.

Schoolchildren, deer and other dangers

Autumn means the start of a new school year, so drivers need to get back in the habit of slowing down in school zones. This especially goes for teen drivers, who may try to rush out of the school parking lot.

There’s also the danger posed by wild animals. November is deer mating season, and the chances of hitting a deer rise 3.5 times in that month. Drivers must also consider the threat of fog.

A lawyer to represent crash victims

Victims of motor vehicle accidents can seek compensation from the responsible driver’s auto insurance company, filing a personal injury claim if the other side refuses to pay out. The process can get complicated, so accident victims may want a lawyer to assist with every step. The lawyer may be able to negotiate for a settlement that covers all losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering.