Autumn is a beautiful season, but it’s also capable of putting drivers in Louisiana and across the U.S. in great dangers. It all starts before drivers even head out of their garage: The colder temperatures will decrease their vehicle’s tire pressure. Then, there are the dangers associated with fog and dampness. Falling leaves may become wet and make the road slippery, or they may hide potholes and pavement markers. Leaf piles may block parking spots, causing drivers to park in unsafe areas.
Dangers once daylight saving time ends
Autumn is when daylight saving time ends, so it’s punctuated by more night driving. The darkness can make it hard to judge distances, recognize colors and see clearly and widely. Oncoming headlights may disorient drivers, too. The National Safety Council says that half of all traffic deaths arise at night.
If it’s not glare from headlights, it could be glare from the setting sun that blinds drivers. However, drivers can minimize the risk by having a clean windshield and wearing sunglasses.
Wild animals and schoolchildren
The chances of hitting a wild animal, in particular a deer, in autumn are not that high in Louisiana. The risk does go up significantly in states like West Virginia, Montana and Pennsylvania, though. November is the peak month for hitting wild animals since it coincides with deer mating season. Lastly, drivers need to be careful around school zones, which become more active in autumn.
For those who intend to file a claim
Motor vehicle accidents can often lead to personal injury claims, and perhaps you’re wondering if you can file one. It may be a good idea to hire a lawyer because the negotiation stage in particular can be hard to get through on one’s own. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, the lawyer may strive for a settlement that covers your economic and non-economic losses.