With the leaves starting to turn and the colder weather starting to close in many people look forward to this time of year, however according to some evidence, you should also be watching where you step. The move to darker, wetter conditions can often be a precursor to a whole swathe of potential accident hot spots.
Autumnal Car Accidents
You might be surprised to learn that car accidents increase during the month of October. This is generally put down to the shortening nights as well as the decline in the weather, all of which means it’s often wetter and trickier to drive.
It seems we’re much more carefree during the summer months but don’t make the necessary adjustments when it comes to driving in more challenging conditions.
Common problems occur when people misjudge stopping times on wet roads or don’t take into account those slippery leaves littering the way ahead. Other issues can be not putting on lights early enough and being more aware of other road users, particularly cyclists. Low sun can often be a problem too, especially as the nights draw in, presenting particular issues for motorcyclists.
One growing problem in the countryside is the number of animals, particularly deer, that are involved in accidents – numbers of deer have been growing recently which means there are more on the road at dusk when traffic suddenly becomes congested. If you live in the country it’s a good idea to watch out for wildlife that tends to come out when darkness starts to fall, especially once we put the clocks back.
Trips and Falls in Autumn
Trips and falls can happen any time of year but autumn in particular is a prime time for slipping and falling across a wide variety of places and scenarios. Those leaves on the ground can hide a multitude of hazards and if a local business doesn’t keep their pathway clean you could be at risk of tripping over a hole in the pavement. Tripping over seems to be one of the most common causes of injuries that happen during this time of year and the result can vary from a little bruise or scrape to more serious damage to the spine and limbs.
Other Hazards to Watch Out For
Most businesses don’t prepare properly for the oncoming winter and that includes ensuring floors aren’t slippery when wet. When the weather begins to change and people start treading all sorts of debris into the floor at reception it can definitely be a recipe for disaster.
Often it’s down to the fact that a business doesn’t have the right matting in place to stop people slipping or cleaning staff are slow to react. When there is a wet floor, most businesses don’t put up a sign to warn people either which means you can come rushing into work and fall head over heels. Things can be even more hazardous when you have stairs around the office and aren’t aware they are wet.
If you work from height there are additional potential dangers that you need to look out for as Autumn moves into winter. One of these, of course, is the increase in wind speed and the potential for equipment such as ladders to get blown over if they aren’t properly secured. This is usually the time we get the first storms as well, often as a residue of North American hurricanes, so high winds are not unusual in September and October.
The truth is, taking a few extra precautions during autumn is always a good idea whoever you are. Make sure floors are kept as dry as possible, that you drive with more care and attention and keep an eye open for potential hazards.
Precautions should always be taken to prevent accidents at any time of year, but unfortunately, they do still occur and in many cases they are not the fault of the person who sustains the injury as a result of the accident. If this is the case and you want advice on how to make a claim for compensation for the accident you have sustained the contact the team at Accinet for confidential, expert legal advice on a no win no fee basis.