In 2011, weather was a contributing factor in 9,328 motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina, according to The University of North Carolina Highway Research Center. North Carolina has a diverse weather climate and drivers need to be prepared to operate their vehicle in all types of weather, including fog. Fog is a cloud of water dewdrops that are suspended above or at the Earth’s surface. Dense fog, also called heavy fog, affects a driver’s visibility of the road. Car collisions are common in foggy weather conditions.
If you or a loved one was injured in car accident during foggy conditions, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact a Winston-Salem auto accident attorney to learn about the legal rights available to injury victims.
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Tips for Driving in Foggy Conditions
Dense fog can effect a motorist’s perception and visibility. Often, drivers will misjudge distances during foggy conditions. Specifically, they may have a hard time distinguishing between moving and fixed objects.
Motorists need to be cautious while driving in fog. Drivers should follow these safety tips when traveling in heavy fog:
- Slow down while driving in fog.
- Never use control in foggy weather.
- Do not tailgate other vehicles. Allow yourself enough room to stop, if you have to dodge a road hazard.
- Avoid changing lanes frequently.
- Turn on your low beam lights, high beam lights can reflect off of the fog and decrease your visibility.
- If you’re having trouble seeing, use the road’s marking and edges for guidance.
- Turn on your hazard lights.
- Roll down your windows slightly, so you can hear upcoming traffic.
- Turn on your windshield wipers and the defroster to help your visibility.
- Lookout for any parked cars or slow moving vehicles.
- Regularly check your speedometer. Dense fog can distort a motorist’s perception and make them think they are driving slower than they actually are.
- Do not pass traffic, unless it’s necessary. Remembers other motorists also have reduced visibility and may not be able to see you.
- Try not brake suddenly or make sudden moves. This will decrease your chances of being in a rear-end collision.
- If possible, stay off of the road until the fog clears.
Following these safety tips will help you and your passengers reach your destination safely.
Contact our North Carolina Car Accident Attorneys
In 2011, there were 195,687 people that were injured in North Carolina vehicle crashes. If you or a loved one suffered an injury from a car accident that occurred during heavy fog, you may have legal and financial recourse. Contact Lewis & Keller today to discuss your legal options.
At Lewis & Keller, our legal team has the knowledge and resources to successfully handle all types of motor vehicle accidents. We have helped a number of clients obtain favorable outcomes for their legal claims.
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