If you haven’t noticed all the pumpkins sprouting up, the Halloween costume displays in retail stores and the football games on during the weekend, fall is here. This means that the days are definitely getting shorter.
In a prior post, we highlighted the danger that drivers have of seeing pedestrians, particularly children, in the mornings where darkness could conceal them. However, there are weather conditions that could create dangerous situations for drivers and pedestrians alike. This post will discuss how fog can lead to accidents.
On a basic level, fog is created when cool air merges with the soil that is still relatively warm, which creates a haze that obscures the view of the road ahead. Depending on how thick the fog may be, drivers may only be able to see a few hundred feet ahead or just a few feet ahead.
Moreover, using high beams may not be effective at all, since the fog would only reflect the additional light coming from the beams.
So what can drivers do?
Essentially, the basic tenets of reasonable care apply. When conditions become difficult, slowing down, limiting distractions and paying closer attention to potential hazards can keep a driver safe.
Unfortunately, not all drivers follow these tenets, which can lead to accidents. If you are involved in such a crash, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, including costs of medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and even compensation for pain and suffering.
If you have questions about your legal rights after a crash, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.
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