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Fall weather can be hazardous for drivers

For many New York motorists, the fall months can be dangerous due to potentially unpredictable weather conditions and a variety of other factors. However, knowing what hazards to look for and how to reduce the risks of fall driving can keep people safer.

Hazardous weather conditions are always a possibility during the fall season. For example, rain often pools on top of the roadway instead of seeping into the ground. This can cause a hydroplane hazard. Fog in the mornings can limit visibility and cause drivers to have trouble when estimating distances. Deer also often migrate during the fall, so the risks of striking one on the roadway increase. School buses and other back-to-school traffic, including pedestrian students, increase.

Those who are required to spend large amounts of time driving in the fall can increase their safety by following certain tips. These tips include watching their speed, particularly when driving hazards are around. Drivers should consider leaving more space in between vehicles when the roads are foggy or covered in wet leaves. Cleaning both the inside and outside of the windshield can make it easier to see the roadway. Drivers should periodically check their tire pressure as it is likely to change as the temperatures fall.

Motorists could be held financially responsible for motor vehicle accidents if they fail to drive safely in inclement or hazardous weather. For example, if a driver is driving too fast for the wet road conditions and causes a crash as a result, those who were injured could seek compensation for their losses. A personal injury attorney could gather evidence that shows that the driver was operating the vehicle in a dangerous manner for the road conditions.

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