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What vehicle accident risks do you face in the fall?

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents

Autumn in the Kansas City area provides a spectacular backdrop for daily commutes and weekend excursions. Unfortunately, the fall season ushers in an array of unsafe driving conditions across the state.

Although it is not always possible to avoid accidents, you may succeed in lowering your risks. An ideal first step is understanding the dangers you could face on state roads during autumn.

“Last chance” motorcyclists

Fall is a popular season for motorcycle enthusiasts trying to get as many rides in as possible before winter sets in. Keep a sharp lookout for unexpected motorcycles, especially on warmer days when riders may want to take advantage of good conditions and weather.

Falling and fallen leaves

Yes, they are lovely, but autumn leaves can also be deadly. Sometimes, they obscure roadway hazards like potholes and debris. Other times, they may cause your or another driver’s tires to slip or slide, possibly leading to an accident.

Morning and evening frost

Autumn often comes with temperatures and weather patterns an average person cannot predict. A sudden cold snap may increase the possibility of road frost in the early mornings and late evenings. While frost can be white-tinged and easy to spot, it may also be clear and nearly invisible.

Is safe driving enough?

Practicing caution behind the wheel is always wise, but remember that some drivers may not share your safety concerns. Mind your own driving conduct, of course, but at the same time, stay alert for signs of reckless motorists in your vicinity such as:

  • Speeding
  • Weaving
  • Tailgating
  • Passing

In poor weather conditions, the actions above can lead to tragic consequences for you or a loved one. Those injured in a negligent vehicle accident deserve financial compensation. With legal guidance, you can increase your chances of getting what you are due.