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Here's why fall driving is dangerous

Regardless of the time of the year, you take a risk every time you get behind the wheel. Even if you're a good driver, things can happen around you that lead to an accident.

The fall season in Colorado is particularly dangerous, as there are a variety of unique hazards that could challenge you. Here are five to protect against.

  • Rain: As summer turns to fall, there's a good chance that more rain will move into the area. Not only does it impact visibility, but it also makes the roadways slick.
  • Back to school traffic: You should expect more vehicles, including cars and school buses, to be on the road during the fall season. Additionally, you must contend with children who don't always walk on the sidewalk.
  • Fog: Cooler fall mornings often result in a dense layer of fog. If you've driven in foggy conditions in the past, you know just how challenging it can be. Decreased visibility should lead you to use your headlights (not your high beams), slow down and leave more space between your vehicle and others.
  • Wildlife: For example, deer activity is more common during the fall months. These animals, among others, dart into the roadway without warning. Even if you're moving at a slow rate of speed, a deer can surprise you.
  • Sun glare: Hotter summer days may be in the past, but that doesn't mean the sun is gone for good. Sun glare is particularly troublesome during the fall months, as it often reflects off of wet roads.

Experience and knowledge can help you stay safe when driving during the fall months, but it does nothing to protect you against other drivers.

For example, you may understand the importance of slowing down in inclement weather, but other drivers ignore the conditions altogether.

If you're injured in a motor vehicle accident, don't rush to get out of your vehicle. First, check yourself for injuries and then call 911. If you're in a safe place and able to do so, take photos of the accident scene and exchange information with the other driver.

Once you receive medical treatment, it's then time to file an insurance claim and seek other ways to hold the negligent driver responsible for your injuries.

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