We’re only a few weeks into the autumn season, but if you look around, you’ll quickly notice that the leaves have already turned colors and are starting to fall off their limbs. While the falling leaves may be a beautiful sight, they pose significant dangers to you as a motorist.
You’ll want to take into account certain factors as you take to the road this season to ensure that you don’t unnecessarily end up involved in a crash.
Driving on leaves and ice is quite similar
A report published by Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company noted that an accumulation of wet leaves on the roads can make seeing markings, damage such as potholes and braking extremely challenging. Regarding the latter, one fleet company recently warned truckers that driving on wet leaves that have affixed themselves to the roads is not all that different from trying to navigate icy roads.
Other roadway hazards you must worry about during the fall
Individuals tend to take advantage of the fall’s desirable weather to get outdoors. Homeowners may step up their lawn care in preparation for the winter. Kids may enjoy running around their yard. Getting the family together for an impromptu football game in the front yard isn’t out of the question either. All of these can lead to a ball, child or family pet getting onto the road. You must be extra vigilant for these things as you take to the road this fall season.
If you’re injured by an at-fault driver, you may have exorbitant hospital bills or lose wages ahead of the holiday season. There may be options for recovering these costs or losses. You’ll want to learn more about your rights to compensation.