The cooler months of the year are here, which means that the leaves are falling off trees and people are likely going to spend more time outside than they do in the middle of the hot Louisiana summers. While many welcome the dropping temperatures, there are some safety hazards that come with it.
Drivers need to be especially careful during this season. There are several important points that you need to consider before you get out on the road.
Double check the windshield wipers and other car components
You might have to deal with considerable rain and misty conditions during the autumn months. This is the perfect time to check the car’s windshield wipers and replace them if necessary. You should also check other vehicle components, such as the brakes and lights, to ensure that everything is working as it should.
Be wary of fallen leaves and grass clippings
Wet leaves and grass clippings can become as slippery as ice. Motorists should use extreme caution. This is especially important for motorcyclists who might lose control of the motorcycle if they drive on the leaves or grass clippings. You also need to pay close attention to what other drivers do when they come upon this hazard. If they try to swerve, there’s a chance that they’ll swerve out of the way and strike someone in a nearby lane.
Watch for wildlife on the roadsides
Wildlife, especially deer, tend to become more active in the autumn months as they prepare for the winter. They are particularly active from dusk to dawn, so be sure to watch for them then. One telltale sign that you can look for is the reflective properties from their eyes. If you see this as animals lurk on the sides of the roads, be prepared to take evasive action if they dart out into the roadway.
There’s a chance that you’ll be involved in a crash even though you follow all the safety precautions. If another driver’s negligence contributed to the wreck, you might choose to seek compensation to help recover financial losses due to the injuries you suffered. There are time limits that apply to these cases, so be sure that you consult your attorney quickly to find out about your options.