Tennessee residents have the benefit of experiencing all four seasons in The Volunteer State. Along with the different seasons, comes various weather conditions including fog. Fog is a cloud that appears at ground level. Fog is made up of tiny water droplets that are suspended in the air, although they can be made of ice particles in cold weather. Heavy fog also referred to as dense fog, can dramatically reduce a drivers visibility of the road. Anytime the visibility is reduced to ¼ mile or less it is considered to be dense fog. The reduced visibility caused by fog make it very dangerous for motorists. Oftentimes, severe accidents will occur in foggy conditions.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident during bad weather, you may be eligible to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact Greg Coleman Law to learn about the rights available to accident victims.
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Tips for Driving Foggy Conditions
A drivers visibility and perception can be affected by dense fog. It is not uncommon for motorists to misjudge distances. Also, they may have difficulty distinguishing between fixed and moving objects.
Tennessee drivers need to remain alert while driving in fog to avoid any dangerous situations. Motorists should follow the tips below when driving in fog:
- Turn on your low beam lights, high beam lights can reflect off the fog and further reduce your visibility.
- Reduce your speed. Do not drive faster than your vision.
- Stay alert; fog can become thicker without warning.
- Use your windshield wipers and defrosters to maximize your visibility.
- Do not use cruise control. You want to remain in complete control of your car.
- Roll down the windows, so you can listen to any traffic that you cant see.
- If possible, avoid changing lanes.
- Always use your signal when changing lanes and making turns.
- Be on the lookout for slow-moving vehicles and parked cars.
- Turn on your hazards so approaching vehicles can see you better.
- Do not tailgate other vehicles. Allow yourself enough room to stop, if you have to brake suddenly.
- Allow the edge of the road or the roadside reflectors guide you.
- Keep in mind that other drivers have limited visibility and that the road is slick.
- If possible, stay off of the road until the fog clears.
Remember that while you may take extra precautions during foggy weather, other drivers may not do the same. Following the tips will reduce your chances of being in a car crash.
Contact a Knoxville Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member was injured in a fog-related car crash due another persons negligence, you may have legal and financial recourse. In Tennessee, accident victims may be able to recover their losses for medical bills, lost wages and property damage. Contact a Knoxville personal injury attorney from Greg Coleman to discuss your legal options.
At Greg Coleman Law, we have the knowledge and resources to handle all types of motor vehicle accidents.
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