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Driving In Fog

June 11, 2013 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
Driving In Fog

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 1995 to 2008, an average of 38,000 crashes, 15,600 injuries, and 66 deaths occurred each year while motorists were traveling through fog. These low-lying clouds have caused much suffering and will continue to do so in the future. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident while driving in fog, and were not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, outpatient treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. The skilled legal team at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy are ready to evaluate your case and fight for your rights, should you have grounds for a lawsuit.

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Tips For Driving In Fog

Fog is one of the most frightening conditions to drive in. It can come on suddenly and leave motorists with limited or no visibility. Here are some things that you can do to decrease the likelihood of an accident when this occurs: Avoid fog if possible: The best strategy for handling fog is to avoid it. Fog tends to accumulate in the morning or evening in seaside areas or low areas near lakes and rivers. If you are aware of this, you can plan an alternate route and get to your destination without the hassle. Use your fog lights or driving lights: Even during the day, driving lights (set to low beam) can help you see things in the fog that you would not otherwise be able to. If your vehicle has fog lights, it is better to use those. They have colored lenses and cast light in a wider and flatter pattern in order to reduce reflection from the fog. Don't use your high beams: While it is correct and helpful to use your regular headlights or fog lights when driving through a patch of fog, turning on your high beams will actually decrease your visibility. The light from your high beams can reflect off of the fog and send too much light back into your eyes. Drive slowly: Even if you are driving on a highly familiar road, it is smart to slow down to a safer speed when you encounter fog. Make sure to check your speedometer because fog can create the illusion that you are moving slower than you actually are. Don't slam on your brakes: Easing off on the accelerator when entering fog, instead of simply slamming on your brakes, will make it less likely that you will be struck by the car travelling behind you. Turn off your radio and roll down your windows: Although you may not be able to see other cars on the road when fog hits, you might be able to hear them if you have your window rolled down and radio turned off. Audio cues like braking noises can give you essential information and maybe even help you prevent an accident. Increase your distance between other cars: It may seem safer to try and stay in a group of cars when there's fog. It is true that the taillights of another vehicle may give you a point of reference, but experts suggest you should stay at least three lane markers behind the car in front of you to avoid a rear-end collision. If you have no visibility, pull off to the side of the road: Fog can sometimes get so thick that you cant see anything at all. When this happens, it is wise to pull off of the road and turn on your hazard lights. There will be other drivers on the road who are unaware of these safety tips or simply ignore them. If you are struck by one of them, the car accident attorneys at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy are ready to hear your case and provide guidance and assistance.

Types Of Injuries In Fog

Fog can greatly increase the probability of an accident occurring because road visibility is lowered. It can lead to a variety of types of car accident injuries, including:
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Herniated discs
  • TBI
  • Skull fracture
  • Nerve and spinal damage
  • Wrist fractures
It is advisable to seek immediate medical attention should you sustain any of the injuries listed above. The medical documents will also be an essential part of your case should it be brought to trial.

Contact Our Lawyers Today

A fog-related car accident can leave victims with terrible physical and mental damage. The medical bills and lost wages only compound the misery. You can fight back and get the compensation that you are entitled to under the law. The Columbus auto accident lawyers at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy are well-versed in accident claims and can assist you in getting maximum compensation. Our personal injury lawyers Columbus, OH have been providing assistance to Ohio residents for over 27 years. We are honored to serve the following communities:
  • Downtown Columbus
  • Cincinnati
  • Covington
  • and surrounding areas
Let us put our expertise to work for you. Contact us today at (877) 288-3241 to speak to a friendly and professional member of our intake team. They will get the details of your claim and then get you connected to the attorney that can best handle your case.

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