Rain, Frost, Fog Contribute To Dangerous Driving Conditions In The Fall
Numerous weather-related conditions contribute to driving dangers in the fall. These include fog, frost and rain.
There is more to autumn weather than enjoying the cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Drivers in Tennessee will have to contend with numerous factors, most of them weather-related, in the fall that may increase their risks of getting into an accident.
Weather conditions contribute to a large number of car crashes, according to the United States Federal Highway Administration. Almost 1,312,000 accidents every year are attributed to the weather and account for 23 percent of all collisions. It is estimated that adverse weather conditions contribute to more than 480,000 injuries and 6,250 deaths across the country every year.
Dangerous Conditions Drivers Commonly Face In Autumn
What are some of the most common driving dangers in the fall? According to Esurance.com, the following conditions may result in someone being seriously injured or killed in an accident:
- Fallen leaves creating slippery road conditions when covered with mud or frost
- Rain, sleet and wind making roads slick and reducing visibility
- Fog creating a serious visibility problem, especially when combined with headlight glare
- Early morning frost or black ice on roadways
- Sun glare, especially in the mornings
- Increased traffic before and after school, as well as children walking near traffic
A recent accident may illustrate autumn road dangers. Authorities were unsure as to the exact cause of a recent crash in Mt. Juliet, but rain may have been a factor. According to WKRN News, two vehicles crashed on October 10. One driver left his vehicle to check on the other occupants and was hit by a third car. Law enforcement said the 18-year-old man was then struck by multiple vehicles and killed. Three people were hospitalized, and a passenger in the third vehicle died the next day.
Preventing An Accident
There are numerous measures drivers can take to reduce the chances of getting into an accident this fall and winter. It is advised to drive slower when the weather is bad and to avoid turning on the high beam lights in heavy fog. Drivers should give other vehicles plenty of maneuvering and stopping room and avoid tailgating. Motorists should always watch for children walking to and from school, and obey laws regarding school zones and stopped buses.
It is not possible to prevent all accidents, especially when they are caused by another driver. Victims who are injured by a reckless or careless driver may be eligible for the compensation of their medical expenses. It may help to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the case.