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Causes of Auto Accidents in the Fall

The sweltering days of summer are officially over and cooler days of fall have arrived. As welcome as this reprieve may be, this season also presents a number of unique issues which can increase the chances of being involved in a car wreck.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Slippery Conditions

Our average rainfall may be at its highest during the summer, but we still see a fair amount of rain throughout the Fall months here in New Mexico. Rain creates slippery, dangerous surfaces for cars, motorcycles and trucks, and it can cause vehicles to skid or spin out of control when braking.

Ice and snow can also become a factor, particularly if you are traveling through some of the higher passages in our state. Beware of black ice and be properly prepared if you plan on driving through any areas which may have snow (have snow tires, snow chains, drive slowly, etc.).

Decreased Visibility

The days are becoming progressively shorter during the Fall which means a decrease in visibility. Statistics have shown that driving during the nighttime almost doubles your risk of being involved in a car crash because you cannot see what is ahead of you.

Fog is another issue which can increase your chances of being in an auto wreck. Foggy conditions can make it difficult for drivers to see more than one car length ahead of them. The best way to travel through the fog is to use your headlights (not your high beams) and to drive with caution.

Animal Crossings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported that approximately 1.5 million car accidents each year in the United States involve deer or other large animals. October through to December is considered to be “deer season” which increases your risk of being involved in a deer-related car accident.

Whenever possible, try to avoid hitting the animal to prevent personal injury and damage to your vehicle. If possible, hit the animal at an angle while staying in your lane. This increases the likelihood of the animal spinning out of your car’s path so that you can avoid being impaled by a deer’s sharp antlers.

The Law Office of Samuel I. Kane Can Help with Your Car Crash Claim

If the negligence of another while on the road has caused you injury, The Law Office of Samuel I. Kane can help. Our team of legal experts are experienced in handling both insurance settlements and car crash personal injury claims, and we will work diligently to ensure that you are compensated for your pain and injuries.

We invite you to call to arrange a free consultation today at (575) 541-3004.

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