Many argue that the fall season is the best that Connecticut has to offer. The trees’ leaves change from green into infinite shades of yellow, red, orange, and gold. There are opportunities to see migrating birds passing through, and the local wildlife is active as well. While 2020 has been unprecedented, humans will once again see the summer weather changes and other fall activities began.
Amid the beauty lies danger
While many experienced drivers understand that we have some tough months ahead with snow and ice providing life-threatening dangers, some may not realize that fall driving is also tricky. New challenges include:
- Slippery roads: The temperatures during the day haven’t dipped much, but driving early in the morning or night can mean icy patches or frost, particularly in the mountains. Moreover, wet leaves on the pavement can seem as slippery as ice.
- School in session: Connecticut schools have reopened, which means that kids will be crossing at school crosswalks, using buses, riding bikes or walking to school, and generally on the move until after dusk.
- Low tire pressure: Lower fall temperatures mean lower tire pressure, which means vehicles handle more sluggishly.
- Animals on the move: Fall means that animals are rutting or preparing to hibernate. This means that drivers are 3.5 times more likely to hit animals on the road in November.
- Short days: It is more likely that commuters will drive with the sun low in the sky or after dark, which increases their likelihood of not seeing a hazard or pedestrian.
Not everyone is careful
The above reminders can help drivers avoid accidents, but unfortunately, other drivers may not be as careful or aware of the changing conditions. Those who recklessly cause motor vehicle crashes with injuries and property damage may need to be held liable for negligence. This can involve a personal injury claim involving time away from work, related medical expenses not covered by insurance, and pain and suffering due to the injuries.