Autumn is often a gorgeous season in Massachusetts. However, it also brings with it some unique challenges for drivers.

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The shorter days and changing weather conditions can make the roads more dangerous, leading to an increased risk of car accidents. To help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road this autumn, here are five tips to prevent autumn car accidents in Massachusetts:

Be aware of the changing weather conditions

Massachusetts can have relatively unpredictable weather at various times of year. Autumn is no exception.

From foggy mornings to rainy afternoons, the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly. It’s important to stay aware of the forecast and to adjust your driving accordingly. Slow down and increase your following distance when visibility is low, and be extra cautious when driving on wet or slippery roads.

Additionally, keep in mind that if you’re traveling far, the weather in your destination may be different from conditions at home. Any time of year, when embarking on a somewhat lengthy road trip, it’s wise to check the weather reports for all regions you’ll be driving in so that you may plan accordingly.

Watch out for deer

Autumn is mating season for deer, which means they are more active and more likely to be on the road. Keep an eye out for deer crossing signs, and be extra cautious when driving in wooded areas or near fields. Also use high beams if there is no oncoming traffic, as this will help you spot deer earlier.

That said, panicking when a deer is in your path can result in an accident that leaves you seriously injured. While your impulse may understandably be to swerve out of the way when approaching a deer in the road, you must take care not to swerve into oncoming traffic or a ditch. No one wants to strike a deer, but on some occasions, doing so is the only reasonably safe option.

Be aware of the shorter days

With the days getting shorter, it’s important to be aware of the changing light conditions. Make sure your headlights are working properly and turn them on as soon as the sun starts to set. This will help you see the road better and make it easier for other drivers to see you.

Also, remember to clean your vehicle regularly, including the headlights. Even if your lights are working, if the exterior is dirty, they won’t provide as much illumination as you may need. Of course, if you can avoid driving at night, it’s best to do so.

The shorter days and changing weather conditions can make the roads more dangerous, leading to an increased risk of car accidents.

Watch for children

Autumn is back-to-school season, which means more children will be out and about, walking and biking to school. Be extra cautious when driving near schools, playgrounds, and other areas where children may be present. Slow down and watch for kids who may dart out into the street unexpectedly.

If you live or regularly drive near a school, it’s also wise to familiarize yourself with the times of day when children tend to be heading to and from school. If your schedule allows it, attempting to not drive during these hours can minimize your chances of causing a serious accident.

Take care of your car

Autumn is a great time to get your car serviced and checked for any issues. Make sure all essential components are in good working order, and check your fluid levels. This will help ensure that your car is in good working order and ready to handle any driving conditions.

Contact a Boston-Area Car Accident Attorney if You’re Injured

By following these tips, you can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the road this autumn. However, even if you’re cautious, it’s possible you’ll still be involved in an accident for a variety of potential reasons, ranging from the negligence of other motorists to unexpected hazards.

You may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages if this ever happens. You can seek the compensation you deserve by filing a claim with your insurance. If your injuries are severe enough, you might also have grounds to file a third-party claim against a negligent party who caused your accident.

Strongly consider reviewing your case with a lawyer for more information about your legal options. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., our Boston car accident attorneys can provide you with quality representation, improving your chances of securing the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how we can help, contact us online or call us at (800) 545-3732 today.

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About the Author: David W. Faraci
David Faraci is an associate attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. David’s practice focuses on the representation of victims of all types of personal injuries and their families. David has experience working on a variety of litigation cases including medical malpractice, products liability, general negligence, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death. Prior to joining Swartz & Swartz, David worked as an associate attorney at a boutique personal injury firm in Boston. David began his legal career in San Francisco, California where he worked as an associate attorney with a prominent Plaintiffs’ litigation firm.

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