Fall has arrived in the American Midwest, bringing with it the end of summer. Leaves are turning red, orange, and yellow, and animals are starting to prepare their winter retreats. Of course, autumn also means seasonal changes in the weather, including increased rain and cooler temperatures. The cooling pattern, however, is often inconsistent and rapid changes in temperature and humidity levels can lead to the development of fog around area roadways. Fog, of course, can drastically reduce driver visibility and contributes to hundreds—if not thousands—of traffic accidents each year.
Safe Driving Tips
There is little question that heavy fog requires adjustments in driving. Motorists must always operate their vehicles in ways that are appropriate for the weather conditions at that time. How you drive on a clear sunny day is different from how you should drive during rain, snow, or fog. To remain safe when driving in fog, be sure to:
- Slow down;
- Use fog lamps if your car has them but never your high beams. High beams actually make visibility worse in foggy conditions;
- Try to find marked reference points like painted road lines;
- Never stop on the roadway and only stop on the shoulder if absolutely necessary. Other drivers may not see your stopped vehicle until it is too late; and
- Use four-ways or hazard flashers to increase visibility.
Recovering Damages Through a Personal Injury Claim
Unfortunately, not all drivers will take the necessary precautions and accidents do happen. If another driver fails to operate his or her vehicle safely and causes an accident in which you are injured, he or she may be liable for your injuries. It can sometimes be difficult to prove fault for an accident when weather is a factor, but if the other driver acted recklessly or negligently, you may still have a case for collecting compensation.
To start your journey to recovering compensation, call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer will investigate the crash that led to your accident, determine who may be liable, and handle filing a third-party insurance claim. Working with an insurer to recover compensation for your property damage and injuries can be overwhelming. By working with a lawyer, you have someone who knows your rights and will recognize if an insurer is not playing fair or abiding by the law.
Call Our Law Firm Today
If you have been injured in an auto accident related to foggy conditions, contact an experienced DuPage County personal injury attorney to discuss your options for pursuing damages. Call 630-462-1980 for a free consultation at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered today. We will work with you in seeking the full justice you and your family deserve.