The fall is a beautiful time of the year in Connecticut. We experience the transition of the seasons and the beautiful colors of the leaves that are changing on a daily basis. There is however a dangerous combination of events that occurs during this time of the year that leads to more accidents.
Daylight savings time means that we sometimes leave our houses in the morning while it is dark out and return in the evening when it is also dark. This makes driving more difficult as visibility is reduced or the glare of the oncoming headlights of passing motorists makes it more difficult to see what is directly ahead of you.
At the same time, we seem to experience a great deal of rain and high winds that cause many leaves to fall from the trees and collect on the ground where they are wet and slippery. Many of these leaves also land on our windshields which makes driving more difficult as well.
Many people do not realize it but driving on wet leaves can be as dangerous as driving on black ice. If you are driving too fast and need to stop in a hurry you might have a great deal of difficulty in doing so given the very slippery nature of wet leaves. Roads covered with wet leaves can also create problems for accelerating on turns, going up or down hills, and stopping in a timely manner.
Another problem that this dangerous combination of events creates is for pedestrians. If you have a limited amount of light, which makes it difficult to see, and are walking on a sidewalk, parking lot, roadway, or other walkway and there are wet leaves under your feet then your chances of slipping and falling increased dramatically. Wet leaves also fill in holes and defects so that these will not be seen before you step in them or are caused to slip and fall or trip and fall because they are not visible.
You should exercise the same amount of caution when driving or walking where there are wet leaves as you would if there were snow and ice present. This can be a very dangerous situation that can result in increased motor vehicle accidents, slip, and fall injury cases, and trip and fall accidents. If you are involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident is very important that you take pictures, if you are able, with your cell phone to show the problems that existed which caused you to fall. If there is a lack of lighting, please take pictures of the area to support that claim as well.
If you or someone you know has been injured in any type of accident our Connecticut personal injury attorneys would be happy to provide free information and advice. Our Connecticut accident lawyers handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case which means you do not have to come up with any money out of your own pocket.
There may be a great number of things that need to be investigated to support your claim and this needs to be done as soon as possible so that evidence is not lost or destroyed. Do not delay, contact us today.