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The hazards of driving in the autumn

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2020 | Car Accidents |

With the arrival of autumn in New Hampshire, drivers may be able to take in some beautiful scenery, but this should not blind them to the dangers that arise. For example, it’s around autumn time that more wild animals come out. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that drivers are 3.5 times more likely to hit a deer in November, which is deer mating season, than at any other time of the year.

Issues related to the end of DST

Daylight saving time ends in autumn, which means an extra hour of sleep but also more night driving. Peripheral vision, color recognition and depth perception are compromised at night. Those who don’t find that their evening commute takes place in darkness may face an equally grave problem: glare from the setting sun. Sunglasses and a clean windshield can help mitigate the risks.

Kids, foliage and fog

School starts in autumn, so drivers need to become accustomed once again to slowing down in school zones. This is especially important for teen drivers heading out after school. Then, there are the hazards posed by the falling leaves; they become slippery and can cause vehicles to wipe out, or they may hide potholes from sight. Fog is another danger, but this is normally where one’s fog lights come in. Turning on the brights makes things worse.

Legal representation after a crash

Perhaps you were being safe on the road, but another driver acted negligently and caused a crash. You may want to consult a lawyer who deals in car accidents and the negligence laws relating to them to determine whether you can file a personal injury claim. If your case holds up and you have a good chance of obtaining a settlement from the other side’s insurance company, the lawyer may help with negotiations and more. Your claim might cover losses like medical expenses and lost wages.


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