The Dangers of Wet LeavesNovember 30, 2018
Watching the leaves change from bright green to a sudden burst of yellow, orange, and deep red is one of the highlights of the fall season. However, after the leaves change color, they eventually fall from the trees onto the ground. When the leaves that accumulate on the road become wet, it can make the roads very slippery. In fact, many motorists do not realize that driving on wet leaves can be just as dangerous as driving on black ice. As a result, there are more car accidents in the fall than in the winter. Motorists can avoid these accidents by remembering simple fall driving safety tips.
One of the things that makes leaves so slippery is the loss of friction that occurs when the wheel of the car hits the wet leaves. The wheel cannot grab the road when the ground is covered by wet leaves. When this happens, the driver can lose control of the vehicle. In addition, because of its waxy coating, water does not absorb into the leaf. Therefore, the water on the leaves act as a lubricant between the wheel and the leaf-covered road. This can cause extremely hazardous driving conditions, particularly when approaching a sharp curve in the road, or if the driver brakes suddenly.
Both icy road conditions and wet leaves can cause slippery roads. However, drivers may have a higher chance of losing traction on wet leaves. This is because leaves are not attached to the pavement the way ice is. As a result, they have slippery surfaces on both sides of the leaf, which can increase the chance of sliding. In addition, because leaves are smaller than tires, the tire’s load and torque force is not evenly distributed between the leaf and the road.
Safety Tips for Driving on Wet Leaves
The most important things you can do to avoid a weather-related car accident, including those caused by wet leaves, is to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with a good set of tires. An experienced mechanic can recommend the best tires for your vehicle based on the amount of driving you do. If you hit a patch of wet leaves and begin to lose control of your vehicle, avoid hitting the brakes as this can make matters worse. Take your foot off the gas and steer into the direction of the skid. If you know the roads are going to be wet, slow down, use extra caution, and pay attention to your surroundings. Wet leaves can cover dangerous potholes and other debris on the road.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Fall-Related Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by wet leaves on the road, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will walk you through the claims process and address all your questions and concerns. Our skilled and experienced legal team will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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