There are a variety of hazards that you’ll need to be aware of while driving on Texas roads this fall. During the fall months, it isn’t uncommon to encounter migrating animals, children on their way to or from school, or roads that are covered in slippery leaves. Take a look at some other hazards that you might encounter throughout the months of October and November.

It’s harder to see where you’re going after the sun goes down

Your depth perception and peripheral vision can be compromised when driving in dark conditions. It may also be harder to see road signs, judge how fast other vehicles are traveling or recover after being blinded by another vehicle’s headlights. According to the National Safety Council, 50% of traffic deaths occur during the night hours.

Be ready to encounter damp or wet roads

It can be harder to maintain traction on roads that are damp or covered in large puddles. This may be especially true if your vehicle has tires that aren’t properly inflated or don’t have sufficient tread left on them. Generally speaking, tires will lose about a pound of pressure each month, and they can also lose pressure when the temperature outside starts to fall. In addition to properly maintaining your vehicle, reducing your speed while driving on wet road surfaces can minimize your risk of being in an accident.

Regardless of why they happen, motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries such as broken bones, torn muscles or concussions. These injuries may make it impossible to go back to work or maintain a reasonable quality of life. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings related to an accident caused by another person’s negligence.