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Driving in California fog: If driver negligence causes you injury

If you’re used to driving in Visalia, you likely understand how congested California roadways can get, especially if there happens to be a lot of farm equipment sharing the roads. When the fog is heavy, which it often is in this region, you must be especially alert and cautious at the wheel.

The problem is that, no matter how safe a driver you happen to be, there’s not much you can do about another person’s negligence. It’s always a good idea to research safe driving tips, not only for fog and inclement weather but generally speaking, as well. However, it’s also a good idea to know where to seek support if another motorist’s negligence causes a collision and you suffer injuries.

Fog puts even the best drivers to the test

Visalia fog can be so dense that it’s difficult to see the tail-lights of a vehicle in front of you on the road. The following list shows ways to improve safety when you are traveling on a foggy day:

  • As a licensed driver, you’re legally obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations at all times, especially regarding posted speed limits. When fog covers the roadways, it’s best to slow down, even if a posted speed limit allows you to go faster.
  • Many California drivers mistakenly think they will see better in fog if they use their high beams. While it’s good to use low-beam lights so that other drivers can see you, it’s never a good idea to use high beams because the droplets of water in the fog will cause reflected light to spread, thus decreasing visibility.
  • Distracted driving is always dangerous but especially so when it’s foggy outside. You can improve safety in fog by staying 100% focused on the road and avoiding all other tasks while driving, such as adjusting radio knobs, looking at a GPS device or doing anything else that takes your manual, visual or cognitive focus away from the roadway.

Some people drive as though they don’t have a lick of common sense. You’ve probably witnessed this, such as people who travel at highway speeds on wet or slippery roads. There’s only so much you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe. The rest depends on the other drivers near you.

If a collision occurs

It’s not your fault if a motorist continues to travel at maximum speed when fog is so dense you can barely see in front of you. If another person’s negligence causes a collision that results in your or your loved one’s injuries, you shouldn’t have to bear the full burden of expenses associated with the incident. Many California accident victims offset such costs by seeking compensation for damages against those who caused their injuries.