Common Autumn Accidents and How To Avoid Them

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Autumn is a busy time of year for many. With school back in session, football season, Halloween, and other seasonal activities, there are more people out and about which increases the risks of autumn accidents. Here, the personal injury attorneys at Patterson Legal Group review the most common autumn accidents and how to avoid them. 

Car Accidents 

There are a lot of things that can cause auto accidents in the fall. Shorter days, heavy traffic around schools, and bad weather can all lead to hazardous situations that raise the possibility of accidents. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, you might be eligible to get compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury case. 

How to avoid a car accident: 

  • Do not drive distracted
  • Be aware of time change and have your lights on when driving
  • Take extra precautions when driving at night and in the rain 
  • Avoid driving if you’ve been drinking after a party. Have a friend drive you or call an Uber or Lyft to get home safely 

Slip and Falls

Both rain and leaves pose a significant threat for slip and fall incidents. The accumulation of leaves in the fall can make the ground slick, posing a risk to pedestrians. Additionally, leaves may cover up hazards such as potholes and cracks in the pavement. These conditions already entail dangers, but they become much more dangerous when they are hidden.

How to avoid a slip and fall accident:

  • Be mindful of where you are walking
  • Pay attention to safety signs and warnings
  • Clean up leaves on your property
  • If out and about during the rain, wear rain boots or other shoes with traction

Motorcycle Accidents 

The cooler temperatures of fall are a favorite for bikers. Unfortunately, if you don’t take the necessary safety measures, riding a motorbike during the fall can be dangerous due to the leaves that have fallen on the roads, the shorter days, and the rainy weather. Unfortunately, other motorists’ negligence makes it impossible to avoid all collisions. There are a few things you can do to avoid motorcycle accidents this Autumn. 

How to avoid a motorcycle accident: 

  • Wear proper safety gear, including a DOT approved helmet
  • Perform regular maintenance and conduct a pre-ride inspection
  • Always watch the road for potential hazards in the road
  • Avoid riding between traffic and parked cars

Halloween Accidents 

With all the fun activities for Halloween, both on the day and in the weeks leading up to October 31, Halloween accidents are all too common. Sadly, pedestrian accidents involving children are one of the main types of accidents that occur this time of year. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to the CDC.

Whether you’re out trick or treating with your family, visiting a local haunted house, or participating in any other Halloween activity, it is possible to keep everyone safe and have a good time. 

How to avoid a Halloween accident: 

  • Make sure costumes fit properly and do not drag on the ground to prevent falls
  • Inspect costumes for defective parts such as anything sharp
  • Make sure costumes are not made from flammable materials that can cause burn injuries
  • Add reflective tape to costumes, shoes, bags, etc. if you’re going to be out when it is dark
  • Be mindful of decorations, debris in the road, or other hazards when out walking
  • Drive slowly in neighborhoods with trick or treaters
  • Be especially careful when driving near a crosswalk

Hurt in an Autumn Accident? Call Patterson Legal Group

It is up to property owners to keep their property free of hazards and drivers to obey traffic laws in order to keep everyone else and themselves safe. However, this does not always happen and accidents occur. If someone else’s negligence resulted in your injuries in an autumn accident, you may be entitled to compensation. One of our personal injury attorneys can review your case to see what you might be eligible for. The Patterson Legal Group has successfully represented clients in personal injury disputes and achieved favorable outcomes. 

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