Thick fog is one of the most likely causes of serious traffic accidents. Cutting visibility down to a bare minimum, it makes it almost impossible to see other road users, or obstacles, until it is effectively too late. Patchy fog is particularly dangerous, because drivers believe it is safe to speed up again and before they know it, they hit the next bank of fog and potentially vehicles already out of their sight.
Road traffic accidents in fog
Most traffic related accidents in fog are caused by two main factors. The first is the failure to put on the vehicles lights, making it virtually impossible for a vehicle to be spotted until the very last moment. A good example of this is the experience of a driver travelling along a motorway. Visibility was no more than a few yards, but the lane he was travelling in seemed to be deserted. For some reason, he suddenly had a feeling that something was in front of him. Already travelling fairly slowly, he reduced his speed further and gradually gained on what turned out to be a lorry with no rear lights.
Speed and traffic accidents in fog
The other factor is speed. All too often, drivers fail to reduce their speed sufficiently to give them the chance to stop before hitting an unexpected obstacle in their path. A sharp bend or a junction, for instance. Had the driver in the above example been travelling faster, this could well have led to a serious vehicle accident.
Drivers or passengers suffering injuries by accidents in fog may be entitled to injury compensation, if the accident on the road was the fault of another road user and occurred no longer than three years ago.
Initiating car accident claims
Whether you were injured by a car or motorcycling accident in fog, you can call Accident Advice Helpline to determine if you are eligible to claim for compensation. Calls are confidential and obligation free, and the advisers are experienced, helpful, and friendly. The free-phone number – 0800 689 0500 – is available 24/7. An alternative option is to visit the law firm’s website and fill in the compensation calculator.
Accident Advice Helpline
Offering legal assistance with personal injury claims on conditional fee agreement terms, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm promoted by UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown