Low Fog Blamed for Accident on State Route 51 North
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident and personal injury lawyer. Low lying fog may have played a part in a collision that left one vehicle on an embankment along State Route 51 North in a recent accident. One injury was reported in the crash, and emergency medical transport was called to the scene, according to a representative of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). However, no information was forthcoming on the extent of the injury or the identity of the individual.
The accident occurred shortly after 6:00 in the morning along the highway just south of the Fulton Avenue exit ramp in North Sacramento. It involved a Mazda and a Lexus along a stretch of road that was foggy at the time. Because one vehicle ended up on the embankment at the side of the road, the slow lane had to be shut down in order to access the vehicle. It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident.
Driving in Fog
Driving in any type of inclement weather can be tricky, but fog is especially difficult because visibility can be greatly reduced. Following are some precautions that can be taken when driving through fog that can help reduce the chance of a collision.
- Stay focused: Driving in foggy conditions requires the full attention of the person behind the wheel of a car. Turn off the radio, and eliminate conversations with passengers while driving because increased concentration is required. It can be helpful to lower the driver’s side window in order to hear other vehicles.
- Slow down: While a driver would normally be moving along at or close to the speed limit, doing this when it is foggy out is almost inviting an accident. Because vehicles are more difficult to see as well as cars that have slowed down or stopped, driving slower increases your reaction time and allows you to avoid collisions.
- Visibility is decreasing: While it might be tempting to keep moving on the road, there are times when visibility reaches zero in fog and that becomes dangerous. A prudent driver will attempt to exit the road, and park in a safe spot away from traffic until visibility improves before proceeding.
- Use fog lights or low beams: Driving with your high beams on is a bad idea in fog because they will reflect the light and are not useful. Using low beams or fog lights will help light your way, and allow other drivers to see you.
- Never stop on the road: If you are having mechanical trouble or fog gets too heavy to drive, pull over to the shoulder, and turn on your hazard lights and wait for it to clear. Stopping on the road itself may result in a rear-end accident since other motorists cannot tell if your vehicle is moving or not.
Accidents in Inclement Weather
Not all drivers take precautions when motoring in inclement conditions and can cause accidents with resultant injuries. A driver who causes an accident will likely be deemed negligent in their actions, which means that another individual who suffers an injury in a collision can obtain compensation. This helps pay for lost time at work, medical bills and other expenses. A seasoned car accident attorney can help by explaining what your rights are and building a case that will reimburse current and future expenses caused by the crash.
Sacramento Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident and personal injury lawyer. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, you need the assistance an experienced lawyer can provide. Reach out to me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. You can reach me online too if that is more convenient for you.
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