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What to be aware of when driving this fall

Drivers in Montana and throughout the United States need to be aware of the potential dangers that they face while driving during the fall season. For instance, roads can become slick when they are covered by rain or leaves that are falling off trees. In addition to making roads slippery, falling leaves can obscure traffic lines and other important markings. If rain and leaves are on the road at the same time, it can feel as if a person is driving on ice.

It is also important to be aware of those who spend as much time paying attention to the leaves as they do the road ahead of them. As the colors change, individuals may drive slowly to observe them or stop to take a picture without considering others around them. Driving during the early morning or early evening hours can be tougher in the fall because school is back in session.

This means that there is likely to be an increase in both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Animals, such as deer, could also be out in larger numbers as they search for food and mates. Sun glare, frost and fog can also present dangers to those who are driving early in the morning or late in the evening. Ideally, drivers won't use their high beams when driving in foggy conditions as it can further reduce their visibility.

A person who is hurt in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver may be qualified to seek financial compensation. A financial award may help pay for a victim's current and future medical bills or make up for wages lost while recovering from an accident. In some cases, the person who caused the crash will be required to pay any legal fees an injured victim sustains.

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