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Season change can be dangerous for Erie drivers, pedestrians

Autumn in northwestern Pennsylvania is many residents' favorite time of year. Still, as summer transitions into fall, drivers should be reminded that with the change of season come different hazards on the road.

Some of the most common autumn

car accidents

are caused by tires slipping on wet leaves. Drivers must be aware of decreased stopping distances when autumn leaves fall.

Another concern is driver sleepiness. Fall heralds the end of daylight savings time, and that means reduced visibility for drivers. When it gets dark earlier, the evening commute can sometimes take place in total darkness, making it more difficult to see pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.

A somewhat unexpected type of fall car accident is the auto-pedestrian collision. Throughout the fall people are out and about on Pennsylvania's roads, whether walking, jogging or biking in the crisp weather. With the onset of daylight savings time, pedestrians and cyclists may be out after the sun goes down. While pedestrians and cyclists must obey the rules of the road, drivers must also be alert and keep a look out for them.

Driving responsibly in any season involves driving at a speed safe for the given weather conditions. But even the most cautious driver or pedestrian can be injured by another driver's negligence. When a negligent driver causes an accident, the injured victim has the right to sue for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, among other damages. Those who find themselves victims of car, truck or motorcycle accidents can evaluate their legal options with the assistance of a local personal injury attorney.

Source: AARP, "

Fall driving safety

," accessed Sept. 27, 2014

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