The Unexpected Danger Season: Why Fall Tops the Charts for Auto Accidents

As we embrace the pumpkin-spiced lattes and vibrant foliage of Fall, there’s something else we need to be cognizant of – the heightened risk of auto accidents. Contrary to popular belief, icy winters aren’t the prime time for vehicle mishaps. In a recent study by CARFAX, Fall emerged as the peak season for accident damage in a staggering majority of U.S. states.
At OnderLaw, we’ve delved into this data to raise awareness and promote road safety, ensuring our community is equipped with the necessary knowledge to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Why is Fall So Risky?

CARFAX’s exhaustive data outlines several factors contributing to Fall’s surge in accidents:
1. Diminishing Daylight: Shorter days mean more nighttime driving, a window where accident likelihood doubles compared to daytime. Notably, while nighttime accounts for just 25% of driving hours, it witnesses half of all U.S. accidents.
2. Slick Surfaces: It’s not just icy roads you need to worry about. Wet leaves can be equally treacherous, making a car slide over twice the distance when braking than on dry roads.
3. Deer Dilemma: Deer mating season spans from October to December, responsible for a shocking 50% of all deer crashes. Furthermore, the week following Daylight Saving Time’s end in November sees a 16% surge in deer-car collisions due to the early sunset.
Faisal Hasan, General Manager for Data at CARFAX, emphasizes that “CARFAX has the most accident and damage information, and sometimes that data can be surprising.”
While Winter certainly carries its own set of challenges—23% of drivers reside in states where Winter is the predominant accident season—Fall remains the primary concern for over 72% of U.S. drivers.

Safety First: OnderLaw’s Fall Driving Tips

To combat these challenges, consider these Fall-specific driving tips:
Leaf Caution: Wet leaves can hide potholes and other road imperfections. Be cautious, especially on unfamiliar roads.
Headlight Maintenance: Ensure your headlights are clean and functioning well for better nighttime visibility.
Avoid In-Car Distractions: As the landscape changes, familiar routes may have new hazards. Keep distractions to a minimum to stay alert.
Be Deer-Aware: Especially during dawn and dusk, when deer are most active. If you see one, slow down, as there may be more nearby.
Use Fog Lights: Fall mornings can be misty or foggy. Utilize your car’s fog lights, but remember to turn them off when visibility improves.
In our collective quest to make roads safer this Fall, being proactive can make all the difference. Let’s prioritize safety and care for one another on the roads. If you find yourself or a loved one in an unfortunate auto accident, know that OnderLaw stands ready to assist, guide, and advocate for your rights. Safety first, always.