Autumn in Pennsylvania means the settling in of cool weather and the changing and dropping of the leaves to the ground. It also means new hazards on highways and surface streets, as fall can be a dangerous time on the road for a number of reasons. Back to school traffic, including many green or young drivers, and more pedestrian traffic during morning and evening hours can increase accident risks.
Rain can change driving conditions by impeding visibility and potentially making roadways slick. Fog inhibits visibility as well, and driver's high beams may cause glare when it's thick enough. The dangers of falling leaves are more related to drivers who behave differently on the road because they want to watch the colors. Pennsylvania drivers behind cars with out-of-state plates should give them a little more space in case they're planning to stop to take photos.
Fall also means deer, sun glare and frost, each of which poses its own unique driving challenges. Drivers should be prepared for inclement weather, watch their speed, keep their distance, use low beams in fog and thoroughly clear frost from windows before embarking.
Changing temperatures can also affect tire pressure levels, so drivers are wise to check and maintain optimal tire pressure as fall comes on. Dangerous road conditions, distracted driving and poor vehicle maintenance can lead to accidents. Those who have been injured in car accidents caused by another party's negligence may be entitled to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses or other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help by identifying possible sources of recovery and gathering evidence to support the client's case. An attorney may be able to negotiate settlements with insurers or argue on behalf of the client during court proceedings.