Sidewalks and roads may look pretty covered in the yellow, red and orange leaves of autumn, but unfortunately, these leaves pose a safety hazard to pedestrians, drivers and motorcyclists. To help keep you and your loved ones safe this fall, the personal injury lawyers at Spector Injury & Accident Lawyers have highlighted leaf issues that you will most likely deal with throughout this season.
LEAVES CREATE A VARIETY OF CONCERNS ON SIDEWALKS
Whether you are on a sidewalk that is even or uneven, when they are covered in leaves, the chances of slipping or tripping greatly increase for those who are walking or jogging on it. Wet leaves not only become extremely slippery but also cover hazardous areas of a sidewalk, making them even more dangerous, including tree roots, holes, and uneven surfaces. To avoid experiencing an injury from slipping on a sidewalk this fall, be sure to be extra cautious in areas with an excess of leaves.
ROADWAYS AND LEAVES CAUSE AN UNSAFE SITUATION
Just as leaves on a sidewalk create a slippery surface, they do the same for the roads we drive and ride on. Unlike snowy roads that usually prompt people to slow down and exercise caution, many people do not hesitate to drive on leaf-covered roadways. However, leaves on the road pose several potential hazards for drivers of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles. For instance, wet leaves, especially when covering the road, significantly reduce traction for automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles, making it harder for them to stop short. Because of this, many auto accidents and truck accidents occur from slipping through a stop and into another vehicle, tree, guardrail, or other element. Additionally, leaves—both wet and dry—can fill drainage systems and clog them, increasing the odds of flooding.