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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Seasonal Driving Hazards Can Turn Fall Into a Fright Fest

From the perspective of people who live anywhere else, driving in New York is terrifying 365 days per year. Many visitors to New York would rather find their way around the city by reading the maps on the walls of the subway stations, where cell phones do not get reliable enough reception to provide much guidance than drive in any of the five boroughs.

Of course, driving on your own turf is always safer than driving in an unfamiliar place; the warnings that the navigation app gives you only make sense if you have already seen the place it is trying to describe. Here in New York, every season has its hazards, from summer road rage to winter snow. Even though people tend to think of the fall, with its relatively mild weather, as one of the safest times of year to drive, it also brings its own share of hazards. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact a New York car accident lawyer.

Slippery Autumn Leaves are as Dangerous as Ice

Everyone knows that ice is slippery, and so they instinctively proceed with caution when the temperatures are cold enough that there could be ice on the road. Fall leaves become a slippery mess as soon as they mingle with morning dew, and yet not everyone proceeds with caution as soon as they see a landscape full of fall colors. Even worse, salt trucks and snow tires are no match for the slippery detritus of autumn leaves left to turn moldy on a road or driveway.

Deer Go Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Deer goes on the move in the fall, as it is mating season. In New York, as in many other states, deer are a frequent sight in the fall, perhaps not in the most urban areas of the Bronx, but in many places in New York state. To say that it is a distraction when deer cross the road is an understatement, but it is even worse when a deer stops in the middle of the road while you are driving, putting you in the unenviable position of which way to swerve when an accident of some sort seems inevitable.

Drunk Driving Hazards in the Fall

Alcohol consumption increases the likelihood of an injury accident no matter the season, and fall presents its own set of opportunities for drinking and driving. For example, fall is football season, and you may find people driving home drunk from sports bars or tailgate parties. Halloween is a bibulous occasion for a certain age group, and beer is the main attraction at Oktoberfest.

Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC About Car Accident Cases

A car accident lawyer can help you if you were injured in a car accident where alcohol or a distracted driver was a contributing factor. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, or call (212) 671-1110 to discuss your case.


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