Autumn means pumpkin spice, changing leaves and cozy sweaters. Unfortunately, it also means an increase in certain types of accidents. Here is a list of common autumn accidents, and how you can avoid them.
Increased Car Accidents
You may find it surprising that car accidents increase during the autumn months, but it’s true. According to the US Department of Transportation, autumn is the deadliest season for automobile accidents, including pedestrian fatalities. Autumn brings about shorter days, meaning we spend more time driving on darkened roads, limiting our visibility. Autumn also means kids are returning to school, so school zones and reduced speeds are the norm.
Falling leaves on morning frost contribute to slippery road conditions. Animal behavior changes in autumn due to migrating patterns before winter. Add to this the increase of student drivers, and the chances for accidents goes up significantly.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents increase during autumn, as well. Wet, falling leaves coupled with increased outdoor activities in the cooler weather can spell disaster for some. The reasons behind auto accidents also pertain to foot traffic as well, so limit the amount of time you walk at dusk, stay away from sidewalks that are covered in wet fall foliage and try to avoid walking outdoors in the rain.
Decorations that Are Not Secured
Autumn decorations are fun and festive, but they can pose a danger to passersby if not secured properly. Businesses often place autumn decorations around the entrances to their buildings, and these decorations can become loose and fall, injuring anyone standing or walking too closely. Be sure to be aware if you take a walk to admire the fall foliage. Steer clear of decorations that seem to be installed precariously.
Strains and Sprains
Falling autumn leaves mean raking and yard cleanup, which can lead to injuring yourself. Runners also face an increased risk of injury due to decreased visibility and hazardous road conditions from falling leaves and acorns that can cause runners to twist an ankle or place them in dangers of oncoming traffic.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and with the proper precautions, can be enjoyed all season. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, Darrell T. Farr is here for you. Call today at (404) 964-6056 to schedule your consultation.