(WANE) — The Indiana State Police Friday warned Hoosier drivers of possible fall seasonal hazards and the problems they can cause.
The Highway Safety Institute says the fall typically sees a sharp rise in auto and pet insurance claims, with most claims involving deer, and there are about 1.5 million collisions with deer each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deer.
ISP recommends drivers to look out for wildlife crossing signs so drivers know they are in an area of higher wildlife risk and that it is unavoidable not to swerve in the event of an accident as this could result in the driver getting caught overturns or collides with another car.
If a collision with a deer happens, ISP says you should call 911 and get the vehicle off the road.
Other factors such as wet leaves, rain, fog and frozen bridges can also pose security risks, according to the ISP.
Wet leaves can be as slippery as patches of ice, so motorists should watch out for leaf-covered roads and avoid hard braking, police say.
Police say any off-road lane can quickly freeze over, so morning ice patches on bridges and overpasses can pose a significant safety hazard if not taken seriously.
To mitigate the risks associated with falls, police recommend saving extra time for morning rides, wearing a seat belt, and looking out for “signs of a fall.”
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