We may just now be settling into the cooler temperatures of fall and so it is more important then ever to be on the lookout for hazards that become more relevant during September and beyond. While there are always hazards on the roads in September there are certain things you should be more aware of then at any other time of the year as they can be more prevalent and are more likely to cause you to get yourself into a New Haven auto accident which could cause injury or property damage.
The hazards that you may experience being on the rise in September include;
1.) Fallen leaves. In Connecticut our peak foliage season is generally in October, but that doesn’t mean the leaves are not falling off the trees in September. When leaves land on the pavement of the road you’re traveling on they can become slick and cause you to skid out of control. While they may not be as dangerous as hitting a patch of ice, if you hit a wet pile of leaves in just the right way you may find yourself in a precarious situation.
2.) Wildlife. Even on city streets there are animals that are more active in September than at any other time of the year. Animals are trying to gather food and find shelter for the coming winter months and that means they are more active than ever in September and October. Even animals as small as squirrels can cause a real hazard for you while you’re driving because you may be a good Samaritan and swerve of the way so you don’t hit these tiny little animals. Other animals that may cause you trouble include deer and foxes throughout the Elm City and beyond.
3.) Kids. Kids are back in school, but they still are getting off buses and playing outside after school lets out and therefore they can become a hazard to you while you’re driving. Keeping yourself at a distance from school buses and driving carefully through neighborhoods where children are playing can elevate the dangers of coming into contact with kids while you’re driving, but it will not eliminate the risk, so you must be on the lookout at all times.
It does not matter what time of the year you are on the road, you may be in a position to run into a hazard that could cause you to get into an accident. The most significant thing you can do to keep yourself safe from the dangers of serious injury or property damage is to keep your speed at or below the speed limit. Even cars traveling just 10 MPH over the speed limit increase their chances of getting into a serious accident and even being killed increase by over 50% and as the speed climbs that number increases exponentially. Excessive speed is one of the deadliest things you can do while driving, so keeping your speed in check will keep you safer while driving.
You will also want to be aware of weather conditions while driving in September and October. In these months, weather conditions can change quite abruptly which could leave you in a situation where you’re not ready for the changing conditions and you may get into a New Haven auto accident abruptly. Being aware of the changing weather conditions is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe while on the road.
If you do wind up in an accident and become injured you may need to speak with an attorney. Our experienced attorneys have dealt with situations of all kinds and can work with you to better understand the situation you find yourself in. Speak to an attorney in our office who can work with you to protect your long-term interests.