Each season brings change; and, while we don’t have to worry cold weather and snow storms here in Florida, the arrival of Fall still brings certain risks for local drivers. As you commute to work, take your children to school, and continue to enjoy life in Palm Beach County, we encourage you to keep these five potential roadway hazards in mind:
1. Sun Glare
We also mentioned this in our post on summer car accidents; but, during the Fall months, sun glare can be a particular issue for the evening commute. As the sun begins setting earlier and earlier, many drivers will find it more and more difficult to keep their eyes on the road while driving home from work. What can you do to reduce the risks of sun glare? Remember your sunglasses, keep your windshield clean, and leave plenty of room between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
As Hurricane Irma reminded all, is exposed to nature’s fury, and there is nothing we can do to prevent major storms from taking their toll. However, even lesser storms can bring down branches and scatter other debris across the road. The Atlantic hurricane season does not end until November 30 and we often see storms throughout the Fall, so drivers should remain aware of the risks of storms leaving debris strewn across their path.
With school in session and summer vacations over, Fall is a time when we typically see more cars, trucks, and SUVs on our local roads. Backups on highways and at intersections can require sudden braking, and this can often lead to rear-end collisions. To reduce their chances of causing or being injured in a collision, drivers should avoid tailgating, put away their phones, and be aware that more traffic means more risk for the unexpected.
The return to school and work also means that many people have less free time, and this unfortunately results in many people choosing to multi-task behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a problem that is not going away, and smartphones have made it easier than ever for people to try to get things done while they are driving. Science has proven, however, that talking on the phone and texting both significantly impair drivers’ ability to stay safe on the road.
Pedestrians really should not be considered “hazards,” as they help relieve traffic congestion and have every right to walk on public roads within the confines of the law. However, drivers who do not look out for pedestrians can put themselves and others at risk for serious, life-changing, and even life-threatening injuries. One of the great things living in is that we get to enjoy life outdoors year-round. All drivers should keep this in mind and do their part to avoid pedestrian accidents.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers | Car Accident Attorneys in Palm Beach County
We hope you are able to enjoy a safe and health Fall 2017 in Palm Beach County; but, if you get injured, we can help you stand up for your legal rights. To speak with me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally your case, I invite you to call 561.202.MORE(6673) for a free consultation.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.