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How to Avoid a Car Accident in Foggy Weather

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foggy weather-WaukeganFog can be a hazardous weather condition and can be difficult to drive in. In fact, there are more than 31,000 car accidents that result from foggy weather. More than 11,000 people are injured in these incidents and about 511 people are killed. Therefore, it is essential to drive carefully and stay focused when driving in foggy conditions.

Consider the following tips for staying safe on the road while driving in fog:

  1. It is important to drive slowly during dangerous weather conditions. Driving slowly allows you to stop your car in time if traffic slows down or if the car in front of you makes a sudden stop. Maintaining a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you can additionally help prevent an accident. You can injure yourself and other drivers if you drive too closely to a vehicle and the vehicle makes an emergency stop or stops for any reason.

  1. Focus solely on driving and avoid other distractions. Do not use your cell phone, set your navigation system, adjust your seat, or talk with the passengers in your vehicle. Avoid talking on your phone as well. If you need to make or attend to an urgent phone call, turn your hazard lights on and park your car in a safe place. Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Turning your phone off or on silent can help stop you from using your phone while driving.

  1. If the fog becomes too dense and visibility is near zero, turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and park your car in a parking lot or by a curb until weather conditions improve. It is best to practice caution than to try to reach your destination quickly.

  1. You may think that using your high-beam lights would be best, but they can actually cause glares and make it difficult for you to see what is on the road in front of you. Instead, turn on your low-beam lights so other drivers can easily see you.

  1. Be extra careful in ensuring that you are in your lane. Follow roadside reflectors to help you avoid driving into other lanes.

  1. Make sure you can hear other vehicles if visibility is limited. Roll down your windows and decrease the volume of your car’s stereo system.

Contact a Lake County Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you were involved in a car accident, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to learn more about your options. If the accident occurred because of another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Call 847-662-3303 to consult our Waukegan car accident attorneys today.

Sources:

https://www.travelers.com/resources/auto/safe-driving/driving-in-fog-safely.aspx

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/auto-and-vehicles/drive-safely-in-dense-fog

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fog/driving.shtml

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