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How to avoid an accident when driving in the fog

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2022 | Motor vehicle accidents

Fog can be scary. This is especially the case when your visibility is reduced significantly. 

For some, the best option is to pull to a safe location and wait for the fog to dissipate. However, if you have somewhere urgent to be, you may not have a choice but to keep going. In these cases, you should take steps to protect yourself and others on the road

If you are hit while driving in the fog due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence, you have legal options to recover compensation. However, it is in everyone’s best interest for you to use the tips below:

Staying on the road

You can slow down slightly and turn your hazard lights on, keep your high beams off and use the fog lights on your vehicle. Do not let anything distract you – you must keep your mind and eyes on the road in these conditions. One benefit of slowing down is that you can have more time to react to hazards on the road or other issues that may arise. 

Getting out of traffic

If the fog is so bad you don’t feel like you can safely continue driving, find someplace safe to pull off the road. If there is no parking lot or driveway available, pull as far off the road as possible and keep your hazard lights on. 

Your rights if a car accident occurs

Never stop in the middle of the road, even in cases of reduced visibility. Doing this increases the potential of being hit from behind. 

If you happen to be struck because of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue legal action. It is smart to learn what legal rights you have in these cases.