Texas autumns are typically not as cold or wet as our neighbors to the west and north. Nonetheless, there are certain challenges that fall drivers must be aware of. Some are weather-related, and some involve the rhythms of life at this time the year.
Reasons to be vigilant
Different towns, roads and areas have their own challenges, but some general areas of concern include:
- Kids: Kids are doing distance learning at home in many school districts, but they are still running around (sometimes midday) as they try to get exercise or blow off some steam.
- Darkness: Regardless of temperature and weather, it gets dark earlier, making it harder to see other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and obstacles.
- Commuting: Many find themselves going to and from work while the sun is low in the sky, which can momentarily blind drivers with the glare.
- Animals: Animals are on the move in the fall as they rut or prepare for the winter months.
- Tires: Our falls are mild, but the shift from 100-degree heat can lower tire pressure and make cars handle sluggishly.
Not everyone is paying attention
Unfortunately, not everyone is aware or does not remember that new seasons bring new driving challenges. This can lead to irresponsible driving in bad conditions or simply reckless driving. Victims severely injured by careless drivers this time of year may need to file a lawsuit for damages.
After getting the medical help they need to start the healing process, they (or a family member) may also want to discuss the details of the crash with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. These legal professionals often provide the best opportunity for getting compensation for time away from work, related medical expenses as well as pain and suffering experienced by victims and their families.