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Fall driving presents unique risks

| Sep 30, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Fall weather can lead to unpredictable conditions on the road. A sunny, clear day can change in a matter of moments to cold and rainy. With shorter fall days, drivers are more likely to find themselves driving in the dark, which can be more dangerous than daytime driving. To stay safe on the road during fall driving, drivers should prepare for potential hazards like sun glare, frost and fog.

Fall is a time when sun glare is more likely to distract drivers or affect their ability to see while on the road. If the sun is in front of the vehicle, the glare can come in directly and impact the driver. When the sun is behind the driver, sun glare can reflect off of traffic lights or the rearview mirror. Drivers often say they are blinded following sun glare exposure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Frost is a particular risk during the fall and winter months. It’s important to remember that temperatures drop precipitously at night. Frost and ice on the road can make fall driving unpredictable and potentially dangerous. During cold mornings in the fall, fog is common. Fog can limit visibility for drivers and lead to accidents. Drivers should drive with their headlights on low, which is a more effective setting in fog.

People who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents in Virginia may be able to obtain compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses or other damages. An attorney who practices personal injury law could help by identifying parties that have liability or by negotiating settlements with insurance companies. An attorney might also gather documentary evidence, interview witnesses or conduct depositions to build a case in anticipation of trial.