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CA injury lawyerThere are numerous dangerous behaviors which most drivers try to avoid. Speeding, disregarding traffic signs and signals, and driving distracted or under the influence are all actions which are known to increase car accident risks. However, many people are unaware of the dangers involved with driving while excessively tired and fatigued. A national campaign aims at raising awareness of the problem and the potential risks.

National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Many of us maintain busy schedules, with work, school, family, or social obligations which keep us from getting a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, few are aware of how this can impact driving ability. As part of a yearly campaign, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) aims at shedding light on this serious problem. Held annually the first full week in November, Drowsy Driving Awareness Week coordinates efforts between law enforcement and public safety officials, to make highways and roads safer across the U.S.

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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:

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