Every season has its own unique driving dangers to look out for, and the fall is no different. The weather is cooling down, the foliage is starting to turn different colors, and there are autumn driving hazards that are ready to contribute to plenty of car accidents. We can tell you what you should look out for, but you cannot control other drivers. If you get into an accident this season and someone else is to blame for it, a New York car accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation.
Which Autumn Driving Hazards Should I Look Out For?
Some autumn driving hazards that can easily cause accidents include:
Sunsets and shorter days: When you drive home from work during the summer, it might stay sunny the entire time. During the fall, the days get shorter and that could mean that you are driving home in the dark. You need to keep a closer eye on the road and be ready to react. You might also have to deal with the sun setting as you drive home from work. This can blind you and other drivers, so keep your sunglasses nearby and be careful.
Falling leaves: The changing leaves are beautiful to behold, but once they fall they can become hazardous. Slippery leaves can cause drivers to lose control or make it harder to come to a stop right away. Give other drivers some distance and avoid driving through leaves when possible.
Colder weather: The colder weather can also mean that ice will start forming on the roads, especially in the morning when it is colder. If you notice frost on your windshield, you should be on the lookout for ice on the road.
Who Can Be Blamed for an Accident Caused By Driving Hazards?
Sometimes one of these autumn driving hazards can cause an accident. If slippery leaves or an ice patch were to blame for a collision, can you still pursue damages?
You probably can file a personal injury suit because, even though one of these hazards helped cause an accident, the negligence of another driver could also be to blame. Maybe slippery leaves caused a driver to hit your car, but they were also speeding at the time of the accident. Perhaps the darker roads were a primary cause of another driver hitting you, but they were also following you too closely and not paying close enough attention to changing road conditions.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
You are not required to hire a personal injury attorney, but you should be aware of what an experienced litigator can do to assist you. A lawyer from our firm can:
- Gather evidence needed to make your case
- Calculate fair compensation
- Deal with lawyers and insurance companies on your behalf
- Defend you from accusations of wrongdoing
- File your case before the statute of limitations expires
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If you are ready to learn more about what a seasoned personal injury attorney can do for you, contact Zlotolow & Associates. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about our legal team and what we can do for you.