When Ohio motorists are driving along highways or back roads and they hit a patch of fog, it can be very difficult to safely navigate. In many cases, the fog can decrease visibility and increase the risk of a serious car crash occurring. In 2012, for example, sudden fog caused a 19-vehicle crash in Florida that left 11 people dead and 18 others with injuries.
In addition to reduced visibility, the moisture particles that are present in fog can cause the high beams to be reflected in all directions, reducing visibility even more. Because the visibility is so low, the majority of drivers attempt to compensate by driving close enough to see the vehicle in front of them. This often means that they are driving at an unsafe distance. If the vehicle in front of them crashes, there is no time to attempt to avoid becoming involved in the incident.
Another problem many drivers have when driving in foggy conditions is that many do not reduce their speed until they can no longer see the lane markings. These markings were designed to remain reflective even in the poorest of conditions, but motorists may still be driving too fast to avoid becoming involved in a crash.
When drivers become overconfident in poor driving conditions, they can potentially cause a serious car accident that could leave others injured. A person who is injured in a crash that was caused by a motorist driving at an unsafe speed in inclement weather may want to obtain the assistance of a personal injury attorney in pursuing compensation for the losses that have been sustained.