Unpredictable fall weather adds to driving dangers

The fall weather in Texas is not as treacherous as it is in some other parts of the country, but drivers in the Lone Star State may still be wise to take extra precautions when days start to get shorter. Falling leaves and rain showers can make road surfaces extremely slippery, and traffic is heavier during morning and afternoon commutes when schools and colleges are open.

Accident rates are higher during the twilight hours as drivers tend to react slowly to diminishing visibility and a setting sun can be dazzling. This taking place during the evening commute is one of the reasons fall driving is so hazardous. The sudden and severe thunderstorms that are common in many parts of Texas in the fall add to the dangers. Morning drives can also be perilous in the fall due to patches of lingering fog.

Steps drivers can take to avoid a fall accident include allowing more time for their journeys, watching out for children or wildlife in the roadway, and lowering their speeds. They should also check weather reports before setting off and allow other vehicles extra space when the sun is setting. Checking air pressures regularly is also prudent as tires contract and expand in the fall when temperatures change quickly.

Human error is a factor in most car accidents, but the drivers responsible are rarely eager to admit that they were at fault. When police reports contain no firm conclusions, personal injury attorneys pursuing compensation on behalf of accident victims may conduct investigations of their own. Attorneys or their investigators may visit accident scenes to look for cameras that could have recorded the events in question and talk to witnesses that police officers may have overlooked. They could also have the vehicles involved inspected for signs of shoddy repairs, defective safety equipment, or neglected maintenance.