When considering hazardous driving conditions, drivers often think of snow and ice. However, other seasons bring different weather conditions, such as heavy rain, fog, and wet leaves in the fall, which pose a significant threat to drivers. Therefore, drivers must remain vigilant during seasonal transitions to avoid accidents and injuries. If you become injured due to another driver’s negligence, contact a trusted Prince George’s County Auto Accident Lawyer who will passionately fight on your behalf for maximum compensation.
What autumn driving hazards should I be aware of in Maryland?
When the summer ends, students are sent back to school. With school back in session, drivers must prepare for increased traffic in school zones. School children may walk or ride their bikes to school, meaning drivers must stay alert and be wary of kids darting unexpectedly in front of their vehicles. Drivers must be aware of bus safety and school drop-off procedures. School buses often stop and extend a stop sign to allow children to cross safely and board the bus. Drivers should not interfere with this process by trying to get around the Driversivers must remain patient and cautiously navigate school to prevent devastating accidents and injuries. In addition, they should look out for student drivers. Student drivers are inexperienced, meaning they often underestimate or fail to recognize potentially dangerous situations, leading to tragic accidents.
Alongside school children and inexperienced student drivers, it is necessary to be aware of the unpredictable weather changes that autumn brings. Drivers should expect on chilly mornings to encounter fog. Driving in foggy conditions can be scary, as on the roadway can impair visibility. To ensure visibility is not compromised, drivers should use their low-beam headlights to see the route more clearly and maintain a safe distance between the vehicles in front of them. Autumn also brings heavy rainfall. Wet road conditions pose a significant threat to drivers as slippery surfaces can increase the likelihood of hydroplaning. Wet leaves are also a common driving hazard because they can conceal dangerous road conditions like potholes and uneven surfaces when they accumulate on the roadway.
Are wild animals a potential roadway hazard?
Wild animals are another autumn driving hazard to be aware of during this season. Remember that autumn is an active breeding time for deer from October to January, especially during the dusk and dawn hours. If you see a deer on the road, you should drive slower and remain vigilant as they often travel in groups, meaning other deer can unexpectedly come onto the street. Drivers must pay attention to road signs and use their high beams to increase visibility to detect deer and other wild animals that may unexpectedly come out of nowhere onto the road, leading to a catastrophic accident.
If you’re injured in an accident due to an inexperienced student driver or someone who failed to adapt their driving to seasonal changes, it is in your best interest to contact a determined lawyer from the legal team at Timian & Fawcettt, LLC, who can help you fight for the full and fair compensation you need to get back on your feet. Our firm is prepared to assist you in holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence.