Operating a motor vehicle at any time of the year puts you at risk of an accident. During the fall season, there are several specific dangers to protect against.

Here are four of the most common dangers of fall driving:

  • Deer: Even if you’re able to avoid striking a deer, it could cause you to swerve out of your lane or quickly hit the brakes. This increases the risk of an accident.
  • More traffic: With school back in session, you’ll be contending with more vehicles on the road. From buses to parents driving their children to and from school, you must take special caution by sharing the road.
  • Wind and rain: When the rain begins to fall and the wind picks up, maintaining your safety while driving is a challenge. You need to slow down, use your headlights and watch for drivers who aren’t taking as much caution as you.
  • Leaves: Wet leaves can make any roadway slick. If you drive too fast over wet leaves or attempt to brake, there’s a chance you’ll lose control of your vehicle.

There are many dangers associated with fall driving in Wisconsin. Along with the above, you also have to contend with the fact that other drivers aren’t always taking as much caution as you.

If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident, do the following:

  • Move to safety
  • Assess yourself for injuries
  • Call 911, if necessary
  • Exchange information with the other driver
  • Receive medical care and follow your treatment plan

From there, file an insurance claim and take any other steps that will allow you to receive compensation for your injuries and related damages.