Fall weather may mean a variety of hazards for drivers on Louisiana roadways. It is not uncommon for the weather to change dramatically in a short period of time from warm and sunny to cooler and rainy. Shorter days mean more time spent driving in the dark, and kids going back to school means additional vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the day.
Leaves may start to fall on the road, which can make them slippery. Leaves may also act to cover road markings or other hazards on a roadway. Drivers who stop to take a look at the leaves and their changing colors may slow down or stop in an unpredictable fashion. Cooler morning temperatures may lead to fog, which may act to reduce how far a driver can see while behind the wheel. Drivers are encouraged to not use their high beams as it can make it even harder to see.
Furthermore, those who are driving during the fall months are advised to keep an eye out for deer or other wildlife. To reduce the odds of an accident, drivers should maintain an adequate distance behind the car in front of theirs. It may also be a good idea to periodically do a tire pressure check as wild temperature swings can lead to reduced air pressure.
Wet or otherwise poor road conditions may increase the odds of a rear-end, head-on or other types of car accidents. A person who is hurt in a car crash caused by an inattentive or otherwise negligent motorist might want to have a lawyer's help when trying to obtain a settlement from the at-fault driver's insurance company.