On Nov. 5, daylight saving time began in most of the United States. This means that drivers in South Carolina may need to adjust their driving habits to account for animals on the road during the morning or evening commute. Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed and stay alert for any animals that might be on the roadways.

If an animal is encountered, it is possible to startle it by honking the horn or flashing the car lights. This may also make it possible for other drivers to be aware that an animal is up ahead. Drivers should also follow all traffic signs, including posted speed limits. Speed limits are generally lower in areas where animals are most likely to be. Other warning signs may also be posted in an effort to keep drivers safe.

Seat belt use may keep a driver safe in the event of a collision with an animal. Although reduced speed and increased driver alertness can reduce the odds of an accident, there is no guarantee that one won’t happen at some point. Wearing a seat belt could reduce the risk of serious injury or death.

In some cases, accidents involving animals may have actually been caused by other swerving motorists. Injuries from those crashes could require many weeks or months of rehabilitation to recover from. Those who are injured may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. An attorney might be able to prove that an accident was the result of another driver’s negligence. This may happen by reviewing physical evidence, cell phone records or statements made by the driver or a witness to the crash.