Fog is a deadly weather condition because it reduces visibility and alters a driver’s perception of distance and speed. A driver’s inability to differentiate between moving and stationary objects can cause an accident, and victims may suffer injuries and/or a long-term disability that affect their lives for years.
Liability for a Car Accident in Fog
When you’re a victim in a crash case, it’s your responsibility to prove the at-fault driver’s negligence—and fog and other weather conditions can make it difficult to prove liability. While drivers can’t be held responsible for the weather, they have a duty to take all necessary precautions to stay safe on the road.
The other driver could be liable for your medical bills and injury costs if they did not adjust their driving in dense fog conditions. For example, a driver could he negligent if they were:
- Speeding. Speeding is deadly even on a sunny day but can cause havoc when visibility is reduced. Traveling too fast for conditions decreases the distance between vehicles and makes it more difficult to stop safely. Since posted speed limits apply to ideal weather conditions, the driver that struck you could still have been traveling too fast even if they were obeying the speed limit.
- Failing to increase visibility. Standard headlights can reflect off the moisture in the air, making visibility in foggy conditions worse. A driver could be negligent if they were not using the car’s fog lights or low-beam headlights or if their taillights and brake lights were not working properly.
- Failing to exercise due caution. Travel during low-visibility conditions should be restricted to necessary trips on well-known roads. If the driver who struck you was taking an unknown route, had no cause to be driving, or was taking any unnecessary risks, they may be found liable for negligence.
If you were hurt in a crash, it will take an experienced car accident attorney to prove that you are not to blame and collect the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum can answer your questions and fight on your behalf—and you won’t pay any attorney fees if your case is not successful. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with an injury lawyer.