Can fallen leaves really be dangerous?
Many people enjoy the colors and visual settings that are commonly associated with fall. One further aspect of the change in seasons is that leaves fall from the trees. This can create picturesque surroundings and a serene atmosphere.
However, and this may come as a surprise, fallen leaves can pose numerous potential hazards. Outlined below are some of the key reasons why fallen leaves during fall can be dangerous.
Wet leaves can be slippery
Wet leaves can significantly reduce the traction of the tires on moving vehicles. As a result, they may be more likely to lose control and could take longer to stop if required to do so. In fact, studies indicate that a vehicle can take over twice as long to stop on wet leaves than it would on a clear road surface.
Not only do wet leaves pose a potential risk to drivers, but they also have the ability to place pedestrians at risk of injury. Slips and falls on wet leaves are fairly common, especially on inclined terrain. Often, people are able to dust themselves off and get on with their day. However, slips and falls can also result in serious injury.
Fallen leaves may decrease visibility
Frequently, fallen leaves can blow around in the wind and stick to windshields. Any time the vision of a driver becomes impeded, there is an increased potential for a road traffic accident. Furthermore, fallen leaves can gather on your vehicle overnight, so it can be beneficial to clear them off of your vehicle before embarking on your journey.
An increased chance of blockages
Drainage systems are not typically designed to take anything other than water-like substances. However, leaves can often end up gathering on the openings of drains, which could result in blockages. When drains are not working optimally, this then creates the potential for large puddles and flash floods. If a vehicle comes across such conditions, they can be susceptible to hydroplaning, which makes an accident more likely.
Recognizing the potential injury risks that arise during autumn could be in your best interests. If you have been injured in an accident, there may be legal options open to you.