The risk of an auto accident is always there, but there are certain factors that increase that risk even further. Poor weather conditions are known to contribute to many accidents each year. Weather can alter road conditions and lower visibility. Fog is an especially hazardous condition. But what makes fog even more dangerous is that most drivers don’t know how to alter their driving when weather is poor, so accidents are common. When these accidents occur, the effects can be devastating.
Auto accidents often result in personal injury, and these injuries amount to significant physical, emotional, and financial losses. Auto accidents and fog have left many of our Daytona Beach, FL clients seeking compensation for their losses. Fortunately, our experienced attorneys have successfully helped these clients collect maximum financial rewards for damages.
How Fog Can Affect Driving Conditions
Fog is caused by a dense collection of water droplets in the air. When light hits these droplets, it creates the appearance of a cloudy, white background. The more water particles in the air, the denser the fog will be. This cloudy collection can have a big impact on road safety. Below are some of the ways in which fog affects driving conditions:
- Reduced visibility: Driving in fog is like driving through a thick cloud. Fog greatly reduces visibility, making it difficult to see cars and objects that are directly surrounding your vehicle.
- Distorted perception: Fog reduces contrast, which alters a person’s perception of speed. It can be difficult to estimate how fast another car (or even your own) is traveling. When fog is bad, it can be hard to distinguish between a moving vehicle and one that is stationary.
- Altered depth perception: Fog can alter depth perception as well. Typically, an object in the distance appears blurry, while closer objects appear clear. Fog can make all objects look blurry, so drivers may misjudge distance and assume that another car is further away than it actually is.
Tips for Driving in the Fog
Although the fog limits visibility and alters perceptions, it is possible to drive safely in it. Drivers should take proper precautions to minimize the risk of an auto accident in the fog. We recommend the following tips for ensuring safety in the fog:
- Increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you
- Reduce speed
- Use fog lights when possible
- Never use high beams, which will make fog conditions even worse
Even when proper precautions are taken, the actions of other drivers cannot be controlled. When a driver fails to drive safely in fog, an accident can occur. Those who have been injured in an auto accident that occurred in the fog should work with an experienced attorney, such as those at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, to ensure they are justly compensated for their losses. We will fight for ample compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, our attorneys can protect your rights and fight for maximum compensation for damages. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn your best course of legal action.