Fall Roadway Conditions in North Texas

Fall Roadway Conditions in North Texas

As the weather transitions from summer to winter, drivers in North Texas have to deal with fall roadway weather conditions in the meantime. It’s a time of year when there is more rain than in summer and a less snow or ice than in winter, but there is a possibility of both. Add into the mix falling leaves covering roadways and you have a recipe for potential disaster. Every year, autumn weather conditions cause thousands of car accidents nationally, with quite a few of those in the North Texas.

Drivers throughout Texas should realize that, while a little bit of rain may not seem all that hazardous, for many drivers, like drivers of large trucks, wet roads can mean disaster. Truckers depend on good road and vehicle conditions to keep themselves and everyone else safe. Fallen leaves on a wet road are almost as slippery as ice in some cases, which means the danger of hydroplaning or fishtailing is exacerbated.

Fall Roadway Condition Driving Statistics

In just the state of Texas alone, state Department of Transportation recorded more than 13,000 crashes in 2013 that were blamed on wet and slippery roads. Whether 1800 serious injuries at about 150 fatalities were recorded because of these types of road conditions. While every accident can’t be prevented, drivers who are well-informed and know how to drive properly on slick, wet roads are better able to prevent disastrous weather-related accidents.

Great tips that drivers can use to avoid hazards present on roads covered in leaves and relatively wet:

  • First of all, pay attention. Drivers must always be alert to road conditions at all times as well as to pay attention to signs and traffic signals whatever their driving. Put away the cell phone and the GPS and concentrate of your attention on the road.
  • Slow down. If conditions are difficult, reducing your vehicle speed, even if it’s below the speed limit, can help prevent loss of traction whenever there is a greater chance of hydroplaning or slipping and sliding. Slowing down is especially important when driving on winding roads or roads that are steeply angled, whether you are on an incline or a decline.
  • Don’t follow too closely. In potentially slippery conditions, your braking distance will be increased and hard breaking can cause you to lose traction and control of the vehicle. This is especially true of heavy vehicles, such as tractor-trailers carrying full loads, but drivers of smaller vehicles should also keep this in mind, and avoid driving in front of very large commercial vehicles whenever roads are wet and slick.

Liggett Law Group Car Accident Lawyers

The matter how careful drivers are, sometimes a traffic accident is unavoidable. However, those drivers who are alert and avoid distractions will always be safer than those who do not. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident that was caused at least in part by typical fall road conditions, you need a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident lawyer to help you out and make sure your rights are protected. Contact the Auto Accident Injury Attorneys at the Liggett Law Group so that we can get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.