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San Jose Fog a Factor in Car Accidents: Safety Tips to Prevent Injuries

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CA injury lawyerFog is a fact of life in the Bay area. In San Jose, drivers often encounter it either on their way to work in the morning or on the way home from a night out with friends. Unfortunately, it can wreak havoc on the roads, making car accidents and injuries more likely to occur. As the past few months have been particularly bad for ‘Karl the Fog’, the following offers a refresher course for local drivers, with some simple tips to protect yourself.

The Dangers of Fog

While we often think of dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, running stop signs, or driving under the influence, as being the main causes of car accidents and injuries, the fact is that weather plays a significant role. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), adverse weather conditions are responsible for roughly a quarter of all crashes and collisions which occur each year.

In Northern California, our biggest weather concerns tend to be fog, along with damp roads and periods of heavy rainfall. The FHWA estimates that these alone are responsible for roughly 1.5 million crashes each year. Fog can be particularly dangerous as a result of the following:

  • It reduces visibility, obscuring other drivers, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists;
  • It makes it hard to see traffic signs and signals;
  • It obscures twists or turns in the road, as well as areas that present hazards due to road conditions or construction.

Safety Tips for Driving in Fog

Late summer has been one of the foggiest ever for the Bay area. While this presents opportunities for numerous photographers and nature lovers in the area, it present headaches for drivers who have to navigate through it on a daily basis. It can be hard to predict when it is likely to get foggy, how long it will last, or how dense it will be. Your best course of action is to ensure you are prepared by refreshing your memory regarding some simple safety tips.

The following practices can be helpful when dealing with fog and precipitation on the roads:

  • Slow down. While most of us are in a hurry to get where we need to go when it is foggy allow yourself extra time and drive a little slower than normal.
  • Stay focused. During foggy conditions, keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. This helps to ensure you have time to respond to sudden changes in road or traffic conditions.
  • Use low lights. With the excess moisture in the air, using high beams in fog will only make matters worse. Use your headlights and possibly flashers in heavy fog to ensure other drivers see you.

Let Us Help You Today

At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we are here to help when any type of crash or collision occurs. To speak with our experienced San Jose car accident attorneys about your case, contact our office and request a consultation today. Call us at 408-246-5500 for help.

 

Sources:

https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm

https://www.travelers.com/resources/auto/safe-driving/driving-in-fog-safely

https://www.sfgate.com/living/article/best-pictures-san-francisco-fog-fogust-bay-area-13194804.php#photo-16091334

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