It’s finally November. Fall is in full swing here in Tennessee, but did you know roadway hazards increase this time of the year? There are many dangers that only happen when the weather starts to turn cold. If you are not prepared for these seasonal road hazards, then you could find yourself in a life-threatening situation.
Seasonal Road Hazards You Need to Watch Out For
Fall is not only deer hunting season in Tennessee, it’s also their mating season. That means more deer are going to be out and about, and you are going to need to keep a sharp eye out for them. In 2016, there were 7,219 crashes involving deer, and 330 of those crashes resulted in injury. There was also one fatality that year.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recommends that you be vigilant during this time of year. These animals are particularly active at dawn and dusk, and they often travel in groups. So, if you see one deer cross the road, expect more. Slow down if you see a deer, and don’t swerve to avoid them. A maneuver like that could roll your vehicle or send it into an opposing lane of traffic. If you hit a deer, do not get out of your car to approach it, they are wild animals that can hurt you. Instead, call the THP or other law enforcement and report the crash.
The Thanksgiving holiday is also in November. And though Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to see friends and family, it’s also one of the most dangerous holidays. Last year, over 50 million people travelled for Thanksgiving. This increased traffic often comes with an increase in auto accidents. Even the number of drunk driving incidents increases due to holiday celebrations.
If you plan to be on the road this Thanksgiving, plan ahead. Determine a route that keeps you away from heavy traffic and pick a travel time that will avoid roadway gridlock. Drunk drivers are often on the road between midnight and 3:00 a.m. So, you should try to avoid driving around those times.
How Can an Attorney Help After an Autumn Accident?
If you do get into an accident, whether it’s with a deer or driver, there are several ways a lawyer can help. Insurance companies are notorious for denying claims or offering less than fair compensation. Having a lawyer to help with negotiations may help your family get a settlement that better matches your losses. If you are in an accident, and the driver was drunk, a Tennessee vehicle accident attorney can help you hold that driver responsible for their actions. There are even Dram Shop laws in our state, which allow victims who are injured by drunk drivers to sue the establishment that served that driver alcohol. However, certain conditions apply and an attorney can help you sort through them.
If you are going to be out on the road this Fall, take care to stay safe when driving. And if you are injured despite these safety efforts, remember to call Myers & Ball, LLP. You can contact our office online or you can call us at (423)248-1023.